Al Nasser Host Asfar as CAF Football Returns to Libya 06/04/2013 14:14:00
For the first time since the February 17 Revolution in 2011, this weekend Libya will be hosting a Confederation of African Football (CAF) club competition when Benghazi club Al Nasser host Moroccan visitors FAR Rabat for a place in the last-16 of the Confederation Cup. It follows the lifting of a security-related ban late last month.
Al Nasser are the first to benefit from the decision as they seek to overcome a 1-0 first-leg defeat by 2005 Confederation Cup winners FAR three weeks ago.
The remaining Libyan representatives in a CAF club competition, Nasser were forced to play their preliminary-round home fixture against El Watani Khartoum in Tunisia. That game ended in a scoreless draw. But the Libyans won the return tie in Sudan 1-0 thanks to an Ahmed Saad goal.
FAR, who received a preliminary bye, managed to lift the 2005 Confederation Cup by defeated the Dolphins of Nigeria 3-1 over two legs to lift the 2005 Confederation Cup and reached the final again a year later, losing on the away-goals rule to Etoile Sahel of Tunisia.
Libyan authorities have battled to stamp out post-revolution violence after the 2011 uprising ended Gaddafi's four-decade dictatorial reign.
In other matches, Etoile - the only club to have won all five CAF club competitions - take a precarious 2-1 lead over African debutants Onze Createurs to Bamako, Mali.
Another Tunisian club, CS Sfaxien, the only Confederation Cup winners to have successfully defend the title, hold a 4-2 advantage over Gamtel ahead of a journey to the Gambia’s capital, Banjul.
Clubs well placed to reach the next round include Diables Noirs of Congo Brazzaville, Recreativo Caala of Angola, ENPPI of Egypt, Wydad Casablanca of Morocco and Azam of Tanzania.
Fixtures Rd 1 Leg 2
Al Nasser v ASFAR Enppi v Gor Mahia Supersport U v Atletico Pet. Liga Muculmana v Lobi Stars AS Douanesv Wydad Casa. ASEC Mimosa v RC Kadiogo L Académic v Motema Pembe Panthere SN v USM Alger US Bitam v Heartland FC Dedebit v Al Ahly Shandy Terreble C.O. v Ismaily Gamtel v CS Sfaxien Panters v Diables Noirs US Bougouni v RD Cala Onze Createurs v ES Sahel Azam FC v Barrack Y.C.
This weekend also marks the return ties of the First Round of the CAF Champions League with 32 teams in action over the three days. With the exception of defending champions Al Ahli, all previous winners away from home
At least one former CAF Champions League title-holder will fall by the wayside when Vita Club of the Democratic Republic of the Congo host Zamalek of Egypt in the round-of-32 highlight.
There are nine winners of the premier African club competition, three winners of the second-tier CAF Confederation Cup and two winners of the now defunct African Cup Winners Cup among the teams in second-leg action.
Zamalek, who take a smaller-than-expected 1-0 lead to Kinshasa, have won the CAF Champions League five times, a record bettered only by Cairo neighbours and title-holders Al Ahly SC, with seven victories.
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