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CAF CC: Yanga, Rivers United earn three-star performances

Tanzanian league champions Young Africans (Yanga) and Nigeria’s Rivers United earned convincing three-goal wins as the second match day of the group phase of the TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup rolled on across different venues on Sunday.

In Dar es Salaam, Yanga who started off their campaign with defeat away to Tunisia’s US Monastir picked up a statement win against giants TP Mazembe at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium.

Wanajangwani, as they are commonly referred as beat the Congolese Ravens 3-1 with goals from Kennedy Musonda, Mudathir Yahya and Tusila Kisinda to move second in Group D.

The home side, powered by a capacity crown in the capital had a brilliant start, racing to a 2-0 lead within the opening 11 minutes. Zambian Musonda broke the deadlock after just seven minutes on the clock when he powered home a header from the edge of the six yard box off a Jesus Moloko freekick.

Rivers had lost via the same margin on the opening day, and they made a response in kind to earn their first points in Group B. Malachi Ohawuma scored the quickest goal of the group stages taking the Nigerians ahead within the opening minute of the game.

They had to wait till the 42nd minute when Ukeme Williams scored their second, taking their halftime lead to 2-0. Three minutes after the restart, they had completed the job with Denis Ndasi hitting the back of the net for their third.

Rivers are second in the group while Asec are bottom from the single point they picked form their opening day draw against DC Motema Pembe.

Meanwhile, Future FC and Pyramids FC played to a 1-1 draw in the Egyptian derby. The experienced Pyramids were first to score through Mohamed Hamdi, with Future responding through Mohamed Ghanam in the second half.

At the same time, Al Alhdar of Libya bounced back from their opening day 4-1 humbling at the hands of Marumo Gallants to play to a 1-1 draw with USM Alger.


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