By Baron Kironde
The last eight teams in the CAF Confederation Cup played their first legs on Sunday. Two former title-holders, Raja and CS Sfaxien of Tunisia failed to win against Pirates and Kabylie respectively.
Coton Sport and Pyramids got all three points to secure a first-leg advantage over their opponents.
Orlando Pirates 1 – 1 Raja Casablanca
Ben Malango cancelled Vincent Pule’s goal as Raja CA snatched an important 1-1 away draw against Orlando Pirates.
The Buccaneers headed into the tie as underdogs against a side that has won all their previous fixtures in the competition without conceding a single goal.
Coton Sport FC 1 – 0 ASC Jaraaf
Cameroon’s Coton Sport scored in the last minute to defeat Senegal’s Jaraaf 1-0 in Garoua on Sunday to secure a first-leg advantage.
Lambert Araina scored in the 90th minute to give the Cameroonians a deserved win after they dominated the game from the start.
CS Sfaxien 0 – 1 JS Kabylie
Three-time CAF Confederation Cup champions CS Sfaxien suffered a shock 1-0 loss at home to JS Kabylie. Rida Bensayah scored the only goal of the game for the Algerian visitors.
Pyramids FC 4 – 1 Enyimba
Pyramids FC claimed an emphatic 4-1 win over Enyimba in Sunday’s 2020-21 CAFCC first-leg quarterfinal action.
The Egyptian club conceded within the opening minute of the match but fought back to claim a comprehensive victory in Cairo.
Ibrahim Adel scored a brace for the hosts, who have one foot in the final four ahead of next week’s reverse fixture in Aba.
The second-leg fixtures will take place next Sunday, 23rd of May.