Moloto gets chance to make amends

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Sundowns fired their coach Gordon Igesund on Sunday after a run of poor form in the league and Moloto started off negatively on Wednesday when he saw his charges go down 3-1 against Moroka Swallows in an Absa Premiership clash at Loftus Stadium

This result left the Brazilians in 12th position on the log.

Two former continental champions, Ghana’s Hearts of Oak and Union Douala of Cameroon, however, face embarrassing early elimination in the first round of the CAF competition this weekend.

Both must fight back after first-leg defeats when they play at home in the second leg of their first-round matches, which are among 23 ties this weekend.

Hearts of Oak, who won the competition eight years ago, lost 3-0 when they travelled to Gabon a fortnight ago to face FC105 Libreville.

The Accra club also slipped up in the domestic league on Sunday when they were beaten 2-0 at Real Tamale United.

The weekend’s match in Accra marks the debut of Hearts’ new Israeli coach Eyal Lachman.

Lachman has previous experience of continental club competition, having led Israeli side Hapoel Bnei Sakhnin to a UEFA Cup place four years ago.

Union Douala seek to overcome a 3-1 deficit when they host ASKO Kara of Togo but the quality of their squad looks a long way behind the standards set when they won the title in 1979.

Other former champions are expected to complete the formality of victory after success in the first leg.

Five-times winners Zamalek of Egypt have a 2-1 lead from their tie at Rwanda’s APR FC earlier this month while Club Africain of Tunisia are in the same positive position when they host ASC Saloum from Senegal.

Algeria’s Entente Setif won 5-1 in Mauritania against ASC SNIM to record the largest margin of victory in the first leg and, with home advantage in the return match, are expected to reproduce a goal feast for their supporters.

There are 10 clubs who play at home in the second leg this weekend having already won away in the first leg.