Gambia’s Cup Champions Hawks FC stunned Nigerian club Akwa United 2-1 away at the Godswill Akapabio International Stadium in Uyo in the first-leg of their preliminary round CAF Confederations Cup match on Sunday.
Hawks started the game brightly with Muhammed Jallow putting them ahead after 11 minutes with attacking midfielder Lamin Charty extending their lead 23 minutes later before Victor Mbaoma ensured a nervy end to the game by reducing the deficit for the hosts on the 72nd minute.
It was a first defeat at home in all competitions this season for Akwa who now have it all to do when they face Hawks at home next week.
Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) after the match, Hawks captain Omar Sarr attributed his team’s victory over Akwa United to luck.
Sarr, however said that though they were happy beating Akwa United FC at home, the competition was not yet over.
“The game is not yet over. We will work hard and improve on our team when we get home. We’ve already taken the tie’s advantage. We will have home advantage but winning just away doesn’t mean it is over. Akwa United FC is a tactical team. We will work harder and train well to get to the next stage.”
Elsewhere in Africa’s premier club competition, Gambia’s league champions, the Armed Forces were thumped 3-0 in Zambia by Zanaco who made a flying start to their 2018 CAF Champions League campaign on Saturday.
Zanaco defeated the Gambia Armed Forces 3-0 to take a comfortable preliminary round, first leg lead into next week’s final leg in Banjul.