CAF Confederations Cup

John Antwi Hits Brace In Pyramids’ 4-1 Win Over Etoile du Congo

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Ghanaian international marked his debut with Pyramids with a first-half brace, while Burkinabe Eric Traore and substitute Ahmed Ali completed the rout. Jan Mokombo scored a consolation goal for the visitors.

Having their first-ever CAF game, Pyramids looked not intimidated with the totally new scene for the just 11 years old club. Guided by Frenchman Sebastien Desabre who led Uganda Cranes to the Round of 16 in the recently concluded Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, Pyramids started the game on a high note and were already 3-0 up at the half-hour mark.

Antwi, who just joined Pyramids from Misr Makassa, set a record being the first foreign player to score for three different Egyptian sides in the CAF Confederation Cup (scored previously with Ismaily and Ahly). The Ghanaian opened the scoring after 19 minutes, meeting veteran Abdullah El-Said cross with a perfect header.

Three minutes later Traore doubled Pyramids lead, connecting to another new recruit, Islam Eissa through pass after a blunder from the visitors’ defense.

And it was soon 3-0 at the half-hour mark. Antwi once again sent a brilliant header, this time from Ragab Bakkar’s cross to send his side to the break with a three-goal lead.

Congolese visitors came better in the second half and threatened Ahmed Elshenawy between stands for the home side more than once. Two minutes from time Mokombo made use of a careless back pass from substitute Ibrahim Adel to reduce the deficit.

But Pyramids restored their three-goal advantage in injury time. Ali, who came in for Antwi 20 minutes from time, won a penalty and scored it calmly to see the game ending 4-1 in the home side favor.

The aggregate winner will face either Algeria’s CR Belouizdad or Chad’s AS Coton Tchad in the first round of the second-tier continental club competition.

The return leg takes place in a fortnight in Brazzaville.

Results

Friday, 9 August 2019

Paradou (Algeria) 3-0 CI Kamsar (Guinea)

Saturday, 10 August 2019

ASC SNIM (Mauritania) 0-5 ESAE (Benin)

Pelican (Gabon) 1-1 Maniema (DR Congo)

*Mogadishu City (Somalia) vs Malindi (Zanzibar)

Akonangui (Equatorial Guinea) 1-1 Ashantigold (Ghana)

Niger Tornadoes (Nigeria) 1-2 Santoba (Guinea)

Buildcon (Zambia) 0-1 Young Buffaloes (Eswatini)

AS Kigali (Rwanda) 0-0 KMC (Tanzania)

Proline (Uganda) 3-0 Masters Security (Malawi)

Bandari (Kenya) 0-0 Ahly Shandy (Sudan)

CR Belouizdad (Algeria) 2-0 Coton Tchad (Chad)

Pyramids (Egypt) 4-1 Etoile du Congo (Congo)

Sunday, 11 August 2019

US Gendarmerie (Niger) vs Al Ittihad (Libya)

Maranatha (Togo) vs LISCR (Liberia)

Bolton City (Mauritius) vs Jwaneng Galaxy (Botswana)

TS Galaxy (South Africa) vs St. Louis (Seychelles)

ARTA Solar (Djibouti) vs El Khartoum (Sudan)

Motema Pembe (DR Congo) vs Stade Renard (Cameroon)

US Ben Guerdane (Tunisia) vs Amarat (South Sudan)

Fasil Kenema (Ethiopia) vs Azam (Tanzania)

Triangle (Zimbabwe) vs Rukinzo (Burundi)

*Both legs will be played in Zanzibar

About Samuel A. Boakye-Buckman

Samuel A. Boakye-Buckman (popularly known as Dada Oliseh) is a self-motivated young journalist with a passion for telling stories better with pictures. He is the founder, owner, editor and bankroller of www.ghanasoccernews.com. He has a vast experience in the reporting of football-related activities in Ghana and beyond. A former employee of Hearts News (official mouthpiece of Accra Hearts of Oak), 90 minutes sports paper, National Sports Authority, Footballcrusader.com, sportscrusader.com, and ghanafootballnews.com, Samuel is one of the few energetic and self-motivated young journalist in Ghana with a large following on social media, especially Facebook (https://web.facebook.com/boakye.buckman.9). He is well known for his frequent updates from all over the country with pictures to match. He is also a correspondent for a few international websites, including CAF. In recent times, he has introduced, as part of his many talents, the live streaming of matches and football related activities. He lives in Accra Ghana.

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