11 February 2018 12:09
Liberian-import Terrence Tisdell scored a late winner to aid Costal do Sol beat debutants Jwaneng Galaxy of Botswana on Saturday at the Estadio Nacional do Zimpeto in Maputo.
The only goal came in the 88th minute courtesy Tisdell, to hand the host a narrow lead ahead of the return leg in a fortnight.
In a game that saw Costa do Sol captain Isac, miss one-on-one situations with Galaxy goalkeeper Ezekiel Morake in both halves, it was not so obvious the deadlock could be broken.
The visitors guided by former Zesco coach, Serbian Zlatko Krmpotic, were organized at the back and gave their host a good run their monies worth, despite being their debut outing at this level.
Costa do Sol, back into continental action for the first time after an eight-year hiatus finally got the match winner two minutes from time through Tisdell as the fans went into a frenzy.
The return leg will take place on Wednesday, 21 February 2018 in Lobatse, near the Botswana capital, Gaborone
Dardo Valenzuela (Assistant Coach, Costa do Sol)
We deserved the victory. Now we will work towards the second leg, which we are aware won’t be easy. We will prepare for it to achieve our goals and advance to the next stage. We have taken important notes from this game.
Isac (Captain, Costa do Sol)
It was not a great game as we had hoped for. We had a performance that has to do with the fact the domestic season has yet to start and the physical condition weighed on us. However, we have to adapt to the situation and get ready for the second leg.
Zlatko Krmpotic (Head Coach, Jwaneng Galaxy)
In Gaborone, it will be different. We had a good match and created scoring opportunities especially in the second half. Costa do Sol is a strong side, but we will prepare well for the home clash which will be a different situation.
Boitumelo Mafoko (Captain, Jwaneng Galaxy)
We were technically good until the 87th minute. We were playing as a team, well-structured team and with good players. We did everything we could to avoid defeat. We hope to reverse the result in the reverse.
Friday, 9 February 2018
Djoliba (Mali) vs ELWA United (Liberia)*
Onze Createurs (Mali) 1-1 CR Belouizdad (Algeria)
Saturday, 10 February 2018
Petro Atletico (Angola) 5-0 Masters Security (Malawi)
Young Buffaloes (Swaziland) 0-1 Cape Town City (South Africa)
Costa do Sol (Mozambique) 1-0 Jwaneng (Botswana)
Energie (Benin) 1-0 Hafia (Guinea)
Ngazi Sport (Comoros) 1-1 Port Louis (Mauritius)
Mangasport (Gabon) 0-1 Maniema Union (DR Congo)
Olympic Star (Burundi) 0-0 Etoile Filante (Burkina Faso)
New Stars (Cameroon) 2-1 Deportivo Niefang (Equatorial Guinea)
Tanda (Cote d’Ivoire) 0-0 CS la Mancha (Congo)
Al Ittihad (Libya) 1-0 Sahel (Niger)
El Masry (Egypt) 4-0 Green Buffaloes (Zambia)
US Ben Guerdane (Tunisia) vs Hilal Juba (South Sudan)**
Sunday, 11 February 2018
APR (Rwanda) vs Anse Reunion (Seychelles)
Akwa United (Nigeria) vs Hawks (Gambia)
Asante Kotoko (Ghana) vs CARA (Congo)
AFC Leopards (Kenya) vs FOSA Juniors (Madagascar)
Simba (Tanzania) vs Gendarmerie (Djibouti)
RS Berkane (Morocco) vs Mbour Petite Cote (Senegal)
Africa Sports (Cote d’Ivoire) vs FC Nouadhibou (Mauritania)
Zimamoto (Zanzibar) vs Wolaitta Dicha (Ethiopia)
*ELWA United withdrew
** US Ben Guerdane awarded a 3-0 win after Hilal Juba forfeited the match