CAF Confed Cup
First round; 2nd led
APR FC 2-1 Djoliba (Agg. 2-2*)
Djoliba AC de Bamako qualified for the CAF Confederation Cup second round despite losing 2-1 to APR FC in the first round second leg on Saturday at Amahoro National Stadium.
The Malian side progressed to the next round on the away goals’ rule as the tie ended 2-2 on aggregate—Djoliba won the first leg 1-0 on March 7 in Bamako. The lone goal was netted by Cheikh Niang.
In the second leg, the visitors took the lead in the 9th minute courtesy of a brilliant header from forward Siaka Bagayoko. APR FC equalized ten minutes later through midfielder Djihad Bizimana.
The hosts continued to press forward in search for a second and possibly a third goal but the first half end 1-1, leaving APR FC in pursuit of two goals in the second half.
APR head coach Ljubomir ‘Ljupko’ Petrovic made changes in the 47th minute, bringing on young forward Inncocent Nshuti for the ineffective Dominique Savio Nshuti and nine minutes later, he brought on Maxime Sekamana, who replaced the equally unproductive Issa Bigirimana.
Djoliba AC de Bamako goalkeeper Adama Keita received a yellow card on the 73rd minute for time-wasting and a minute later, Djoliba coach replaced Naby Soumah with Mohamed Cisse.
Nshuti, 19, put APR in the lead on the 75th minute as the home team pressed further forward but the comeback fell just short as the Malians held on for the result they needed to be in the hat for the play-off round.