• CAF: Raja Casablanca and Club Africain toil in Confederation Cup ties

    (BBC Sport) African giants Raja Casablanca of Morocco and Club Africain of Tunisia - clubs expected to go far in the 2018 African Confederation Cup - are in trouble after the first leg of their last-32 fixtures 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.

    Club Africain fell 3-1 at Renaissance Berkane of Morocco and the result was nearly worse for the visitors who scored two minutes into stoppage time.

    Morocco trounced Mauritania 4-0 in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) opener two months ago and a similar score-line was expected in favour of Raja Casablanca.

    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.

    The Moroccan club finally broke the deadlock on 70 minutes when young substitute Mohamed Khaldane finished off a Mahmoud Benhalib cross.

    A mistake by Ayoub Joulale gifted Samba el Voullany an equaliser eight minutes later and the outsiders will be dreaming of claiming another prized scalp when the clubs meet again.

    Former African champions Club Africain, who reached the Confederation Cup semi-finals last year, fell three goals behind away to Renaissance Berkane of Morocco with 14 minutes remaining.

    Mohamed Aziz and Togolese Fo Doh Laba scored in the opening half and Lahcen Khamiss added a third Berkane goal.

    Veteran Saber Khalifa reduced the arrears two minutes into additional time when he converted a penalty and set up an intriguing return match in Tunis next weekend.

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