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African giants Raja Casablanca of Morocco and Club Africain of Tunisia clubs expected to go far in the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup are in trouble after their first matches on Tuesday.
Three-time African champions Raja missed a penalty and conceded a late goal to only draw 1-1 at home against Nouadhibou of Mauritania in a last-32 first leg. Club Africain fell 3-1 away to Renaissance Berkane of Morocco and the result was nearly worse for the visitors as they scored two minutes into stoppage time.
On a night of upsets, SuperSport United shrugged off disastrous domestic form to force a 0-0 draw at Petro Atletico of Angola, who hit five in their previous CAF home match.
Rookies La Mancha of Congo Brazzaville exceeded expectations by thrashing vastly experienced Al Ahly Shendy of Sudan 3-0 through a late scoring burst. Other minnows to achieve more than anticipated were Deportivo Niefang of Equatorial Guinea, who came from behind to hold Daring Club Motema Pembe 1-1 in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The only result that went with form was Belouizdad of Algeria turning on the heat in the second half to triumph 3-0 at home against Nkana of Zambia.
Morocco trounced Mauritania 4-0 in the 2018 African Nations Championship opener two months ago and a similar scoreline was expected in favour of Raja. But the hosts could not break down the Nouadhibou defence and when they were awarded a penalty just before half-time, Abderrahim Achchakir had his kick saved.-AFP