Kabylie coach happy with Dakar point

The Confederation Cup trophy
Places in the group stages of the Confederation Cup are up for grabs

Algeria's former African champions JS Kabylie took a step towards reaching the Confederation Cup group stages when avoiding defeat in Senegal.

Despite travelling with a small squad, Kabylie held local side Diaraf to a 1-1 draw in the Senegalese capital Dakar.

The Algerians led through Yalaoui Nabil after 50 minutes, before Babacar Ndiour levelled matters six minutes later.

"This is a good result given the small squad that we took to Dakar," Kabylie coach Rachid Belhout said afterwards.

The winners of the return leg in two weeks' time will reach the group stages of the Confederation Cup.

The final knock-out round is pitting the third round winners from the Confederation Cup against the losers from the Champions League's third round.

Kabylie's compatriots Entente Setif were also in action on Saturday, beating Nigerians Kaduna United 1-0 at home in Algeria.

The game was goalless until the 78th minute when Abderrahmane Hachoud scored a fine individual goal, thumping home an unstoppable drive after dribbling into the box.

In the Angolan capital Luanda, home side Interclube took a potentially tie-winning lead when thumping Morocco's Difaa al-Jadida 3-0.

Munguito opened the scoring after 45 minutes before two late strikes from Diares Cares (87) and Moko (90) added considerable gloss to the Angolans' lead.

Another Moroccan side on the road were MAS who lost 1-0 to a profligate Zesco United in the Zambian mining town Ndola, where only Derrick Kabwe could find the back of the net.

Elsewhere, 1998 African champions Asec Mimosas also registered a convincing win as they won 4-0 at home to Angola's Primeiro de Agosto.

The weekend's late game saw Tunisia's Club Africain beat Sofapaka of Kenya 3-0 on Sunday evening at the El Menzah stadium.

Khaled Melliti scored twice for the home side, with Hamza Messadi netting a third from the penalty spot in the 79th minute.

The game was played behind closed doors after invading supporters forced the abandonment of a Champions League tie against Al Hilal of Sudan earlier this year.

In other games that have been delayed, DC Motema Pembe will face Simba in the next round after the Tanzanians lost Saturday's Champions League play-off against Moroccans Wydad Casablanca.

That match will take place on 10-12 June, as will the tie between Al Ittihad of Libya and Nigeria's Sunshine Stars - which has been reduced to one leg in Nigeria due to the ongoing conflict in Libya.

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