South African debutants AmaZulu earned their maiden victory with a 1-0 result against Guinea’s Horoya as the TotalEnergies CAF Champions League group phase rolled into match day two on Friday.
For their first ever appearance in the competition, Amigo Memela’s beautiful 31st minute goal proved all the difference.
The visitors had been off to a better start and dominated the first quarter of an hour with Pape N’Diaye shooting wide in the fifth minute and Morlaye Sylla having a belter from range go straight to the keeper.
But the home side slowly grew into the game and they eventually got into the lead in the 31st minute when Memela beautifully flicked the ball into the net from an Augustine Mulenga cross from the right.
Five minutes to the break, Zambian Mulenga almost provided a second with another cross this time from the left, but Abraham Majok’s header was blocked a yard from the line by Khadim Diaw.
In the second half, Horoya came back determined to get back into the game and had the bulk of chances. In the 49th minute they came close twice, but couldn’t punish a mistake from an AmaZulu defender.
Sylla picked the ball on the right after a poor cross-field pass but his effort at goal came off the upright while Boniface Haba’s attempt with an acrobatic kick off the rebound went wide.
Seven minutes to time as Horoya mounted the pressure, Baffour Kyei came close with a ferocious freekick which was punched away by the keeper.
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