The African Football League, AFL, organized by the Confederation Of African Football (CAF), kicks off its annual continental football club competition and the showdown started last weekend from Friday, October 20 to Sunday, October 22, 2023.
The quarter-final matches took place at various venues across the continent.
Mamelodi Sundowns FC of South Africa and Wydad AC of Morocco secured unexpected victories away from home.
Mamelodi Sundowns FC and Wydad AC secure away wins
Simba SC and Al Ahly FC play to a 2-2 draw
TP Mazembe defeats Esperance of Tunis 1-0
In Luanda, Angola, on Saturday, October 21, 2023, Mamelodi Sundowns FC, the South African league champions, defeated Angolan champions Atletico Petroleos de Luanda with a 2-0 scoreline.
Marcelo Allende scored in the 69th minute of the second half, and Thapelo Maseko added another in the 82nd minute, securing the win.
On Sunday, October 22, 2023, in Uyo, Akwa Ibom, Nigeria, Enyimba International FC of Aba lost 0-1 at home to Wydad AC of Morocco.
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— Enyimba FC (@EnyimbaFC) October 23, 2023
Yahya Jabrane scored the sole goal for the Moroccan side in the 38th minute of the first half.
Alalibo Somiari of Enyimba International FC was sent off by the referee in the third minute of second-half extra time.
The AFL started with an exciting match on Friday, October 20, 2023, at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Simba SC of Tanzania and the Egyptian giants, Al Ahly FC, played to a thrilling 2-2 draw.
Al Ahly FC equalized 2-2 in the 63rd minute of the second half, leveling the score after Simba FC led 2-1.
Reda Slim scored the opening goal for Al Ahly FC in the fourth minute of the first half extra time.
Denis Kibu leveled the match for Simba FC in the 52nd minute of the second half with an assist from Clatous Chama.
In the 58th minute of the second half, Sadio Kanoute gave Simba FC a 2-1 lead with an assist from Saidi Ntibazonkiza.
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— B/R Football (@brfootball) October 20, 2023
On Sunday, October 22, 2023, at the same stadium, TP Mazembe, the champions of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s football league, secured a narrow 1-0 victory against Tunisian football giants, Esperance of Tunis.
Cheick Fofana scored the only goal of the match in the 12th minute of the first half, giving TP Mazembe the win.