Giants Zamalek fail to ground Coffee

Egyptian giants Zamalek, the most successful club in African football history, only ran out 2-1 winners over Coffee of Ethiopia this weekend in a Cup Winners Cup second-round match.

The Cairo club who lifted the Champions League a record four times were ahead within nine minutes, when national team midfielder Medhat Abdel Hady converted a penalty.

But the Ethiopians levelled 10 minutes later through Anwar Yassin and all Zamalek had to show for their second-half dominance of the first leg was a 72nd-minute winner from Abdel Halim Ali.

Coffee caused a Champions League sensation two years ago by eliminating the other great Cairo club, Al-Ahly, and will fancy their chances of completing a double when the clubs clash again in three weeks.

Club Africain of Tunisia, beaten 2-1 on aggregate by Africa Sports of Ivory Coast in the 1999 Cup Winners Cup final, defeated Etoile of Congo 4-2 at home in a thriller.

The Congolese led within 60 seconds of the kick-off only for goals from Noomane H'mida, Sabri Jaballah and Farouk Trabelsi to put the North Africans 3-1 ahead entering the closing stages.

Etoile cut the deficit before Riadh Jelassi, who collected a Cup Winners Cup medal with Tunisian outfit Etoile Sahel three years ago, snatched a potentially crucial fourth goal on the stroke of full-time.

Saint Louisienne of Reunion virtually clinched a place in the last eight with a 2-0 win over Al-Merreikh in Sudan through goals from Sylvio Gado and Rina-Josephson Rasolosoa.

Ndiambour of Senegal, shock first-round conquerors of Ivorian club Asec, could not recapture that form against Angolan visitors Esperanca Sagrada and had to settle for a 0-0 draw in the northern town of Louga.

Another three games are scheduled for Sunday night between Canon Yaounde of Cameroon and Zamsure of Zambia, Royal Armed Forces of Morocco and Rayon Sports of Rwanda and Al-Ittihad of Libya and SuperSport United of South Africa. - Sapa-AFP

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