Johannesburg - Taha Yassine Khenissi converted a 90th-minute
penalty to give Esperance of Tunisia a surprise 2-1 win Friday at CAF Champions
League title-holders Mamelodi Sundowns.
The 25-year-old international striker also scored the first
goal for the Tunis outfit, whose victory gave them a three-point over the
Pretoria club in Group C.
Sibusiso Vilakazi equalised for Sundowns during the first
half, but the injury-weakened hosts lacked the sharpness that won the title for
the first time last year.
Esperance have seven points, Sundowns four, Saint George of
Ethiopia two and V Club of the Democratic Republic of Congo none.
Saint George host V Club Sunday in Addis Ababa and the bottom
seeds will rise to second if they secure maximum points.
Sundowns looked jaded and devoid of ideas after the South African season ended last weekend with them second behind Wits in defence of
the league title.
Although twice African champions Esperance have also just
finished their local season, winning the title, they were fresh and threatening
It took the visitors just six minutes to go ahead with
Khenissi darting on to a clever flick and unleashing a sizzling shot past
Ugandan goalkeeper Denis Onyango.
Sundowns levelled on 21 minutes when Percy Tau burst through
the middle and passed across the goal for Vilakazi to tap in.
Off-form Colombian Leonardo Castro wasted a second-half
change to put Sundowns in front by failing to control the ball inside the box
and firing wide.
The South African outfit also squandered several set-piece
opportunities before Ivorian Bangaly Soumahoro fouled Fakhreddine Ben Youssef
and Khenissi converted the spot-kick.
Al Ahly Tripoli of Libya shocked CAPS United of Zimbabwe 4-2
in Harare to rise from the bottom of Group B to second place.
The visitors scored three goals in nine minutes during the
first half through Tunisian Sameh Derbali, from a penalty, Salem Ablo and Mouad
Derbali added a fourth nine minutes from time before late
goals by Ronald Pfumbidzai, from another penalty, and Hardlife Zvirekwi
Beanpole Anis Saltou - the Perer Crouch of Libyan football -
created the first three goals and wasted several chances to score himself.
Zamalek of Egypt and Al Ahly Tripoli have four points and
USM Alger of Algeria and CAPS three.
The Zimbabweans were shock qualifiers for the group stage at
the expense of five-time champions TP Mazembe from the Democratic Republic of