Zimbabwe’s Monomotapa continue giant-killing run

soccer_ballJOHANNESBURG - Zimbabwe's Monomotapa continued their giant killing run in this year's African Champions League, opening their campaign in the group phase with a 2-1 win over favourites Etoile Sahel on Sunday.

Darryl Nyandoro’s goal on the hour mark ensured a winning start in Group B for the rookies, who overcame the tough economic conditions in their country to reach the league phase with several upset results in the earlier knockout rounds.

Monomotapa surprised their Tunisian visitors, who were African champions two years ago, with their opening goal in the first minute from Daniel Kamungenga.

Etoile equalised in the 49th minute from Ahmed Akaichi but it took just 10 minutes before Monomotapa restored their lead and then held on for all three points in Harare.

TP Mazembe Englebert from the Democratic Republic of Congo scored a 2-0 home win over Nigeria’s Heartland FC in Lubumbashi on Sunday in the other Group B encounter.

Tresor Mputu continued his goal scoring form with the opening goal just after half-time and Alain Kaluyitukadioko added a second 13 minutes from time.

On Saturday, the first two matches in Group A ended in draws.

The Sudanese derby between Al Merreikh and Al Hilal in Khartoum ended goalless while Kano Pillars of Nigeria forced a 1-1 tie away at Zesco United of Zambia.

The next round of group matches will be played on July 31 and August 1-2.

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