Zougoula scores hat-trick for Sewe in African Champions League

Kevin Zougoula

Kevin Zougoula scored a first-half hat-trick for Sewe San Pedro of Ivory Coast as they beat visiting Recreativo do Libolo of Angola 3-1 in the African Champions League on Saturday.

He scored his first after 24 minutes before Cape Verde's Sidnei equalised for the Angolans 10 minutes later.

Parity lasted just five minutes before Zougoula found the net again and he completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot in injury time at the end of the first-half.

Sewe were reduced to ten men on 68 minutes when Pacome Agboke was shown a straight red card, but the hosts held on to win all three points.

Zougoula (pictured) scored twice for Ivory Coast last weekend in their African Nations Championship, the continent's tournament for locally based players only, win over Nigeria.

It was Sewe's first game in the group stages of the Champions League after their opener against Coton Sport was postponed until 10 August because Cameroon clubs were part of the country's ban from global football.

In the other Group B match Esperance, champions once and runners-up twice in the past three editions, scored twice during the second half to overcome Coton Sport of Cameroon 2-0 in Tunis.

Esperance got back on the winning trail thanks to an improved second-half show in a game staged behind closed doors due to post-Arab Spring security concerns.

Midfielder Youcef Belaili sparkled for the 1994 and 2011 champions, scoring the first goal on the hour-mark and creating the second during stoppage time.

Clever footwork enabled him to strike a powerful shot past Coton Sport goalkeeper Loic Feudjou and his cross-field pass was volleyed into the net by fellow midfielder Iheb Msakni.