CAF Champions League Review: Mauritania’s Nouadhibou make history as TP Mazembe down Mamelodi Sundowns


FC Nouadhibou from Mauritania, an unexpected standout this season, achieved a historic triumph in the TotalEnergies CAF Champions League by defeating Egypt’s Pyramids 2-0 over the weekend. Despite finishing the match with 10 players, this marked their inaugural victory in the competition.

Match Day Two brought numerous surprises as some of the continent’s top teams experienced defeats. Mamelodi Sundowns, recent winners of the African Football League (AFL), suffered a narrow 1-0 loss to local rivals TP Mazembe in Lubumbashi, with Glody Likonza scoring in the 60th minute.

In Group C, Al Ahly maintained their lead with four points after a draw against Young Africans in Dar Es Salaam.

Percy Tau scored a late goal for the reigning champions, but the home side equalized through Pacome Zouzoua in injury time, resulting in a 1-1 final score.

In other matches, Jwaneng Galaxy from Botswana held Simba SC to a 0-0 draw, while in Côte d’Ivoire, Wydad AC suffered their second consecutive defeat, losing to ASEC Mimosas, putting the Casablanca club at risk of early elimination.

Petro de Luanda secured their top spot in Group D with 6 points by defeating Etoile Sportive du Sahel 2-0.

On Friday, Medeama secured their first win 2-1 against CR Belouizdad at Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi, while Al Hilal emerged victorious with a 3-1 score against Esperance in an exciting match in Dar Es Salaam.

Below are the weekend’s results and the standings after two match days:

Medeama 2-1 CR Belouizdad

Al-Hilal 3-1 ES Tunis

TP Mazembe 1-0 Mamelodi Sundowns

Jwaneng Galaxy 0-0 Simba SC

Young Africans 1-1 Al Ahly

Nouadhibou 2-0 Pyramids

ES Sahel 0-2 Petro de Luanda

Asec Mimosas 1-0 Wydad AC

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