Swiss coach celebrates birthday with win

16 September 2019 | Sports

Swiss coach Rene Weiler celebrated his 46th birthday on Saturday by debuting as Al Ahly of Egypt coach with a 2-0 win at Cano Sport of Equatorial Guinea in the CAF Champions League.

A couple of second-half substitutions during the last 32 first leg in Malabo paid rich dividends with young Salah Mohsen and veteran Walid Soliman coming off the bench to score.

Weiler replaced Uruguayan Martin Lasarte, who was fired after Ahly were beaten in the domestic cup competition and failed to complete a double having won the league.

The result in the part-island central African nation virtually assures the record eight-time African champions of a place in the group phase.

Cano are competing in a CAF competition for the first time and will understandably be nervous ahead of the return match as Ahly scored nine times at home in a preliminary game last month.

Zamalek, the other Egyptian contenders and Cairo neighbours of fierce rivals of Ahly, fell 2-1 away to Generation Foot of Senegal in Thies.

It would have been worse for the five-time African champions, however, had Mostafa Mohamed not snatched a precious away goal on 74 minutes after Mame Gueye scored twice for home team.

It was the first loss in five matches in all competitions for new Zamalek coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic, who guided the club to victory in the Egyptian FA Cup final last weekend.

Former champions Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa took advantage of a kind last 32 draw to overwhelm Cote d'Or of the Seychelles 5-0 in Victoria.

Tiyani Mabunda led the goal romp with a brace and Lyle Lakey, Sphelele Mkhulise and Wayne Arendse also netted in an Indian Ocean island more renowned for tourism than football prowess.

Green Eagles of Zambia, who shocked Orlando Pirates of South Africa in the preliminary round, had less success against 2018 semi-finalists Primeiro Agosto of Angola and lost 2-1 at home.

Mabululu gave the Luanda outfit a half-time advantage and Kilo from the Democratic Republic of Congo scored the 85th-minute winner after Amity Shamende levelled.

The other Zambian challengers, Zesco United, snatched a 1-1 draw against Young Africans of Tanzania in Dar es Salaam thanks to a stoppage time leveller from Zimbabwean Thabani Kamusoko.


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