Football: Record 12-goal CAF Cup romp for Gabonese

Gabonese club US Bitam created a CAF Confederation Cup record when they overwhelmed Desportivo Guadalupe from Sao Tome e Principe 12-1 at the weekend.

The preliminary-round rout was the biggest victory margin in the 10 years of the second-tier pan-African competition, eclipsing a 9-0 victory by South African side SuperSport United in the second edition.

Bitam entered the return match in northern Gabon with a 5-0 lead and the 17-1 aggregate score is also a record for a competition created after the African Cup Winners Cup and CAF Cup were discontinued.

A team with limited African experience, Bitam are likely to find scoring much more difficult in mid-March when they travel to Nigeria for a last-32 first leg fixture against Heartland.

Former African title winners Gor Mahia and Power Dynamos had mixed luck with the Kenyans winning 5-0 in the Seychelles to advance and the Zambians losing 2-0 in Angola to go out.

Gor travelled across the Indian Ocean to Victoria with some trepidation having been held 0-0 at home two weeks ago by Anse Reunion, and having lost four games without scoring in two previous Confederation Cup appearances.

However, it took Paul Kiongera less than one minute to end the goal drought, and he added a second before Christopher Wekesa put the Nairobi outfit three goals ahead just 20 minutes into the game.

Edwin Lavatsa and Kevin Omondi netted in the second half to complete a remarkable turnaround by the Kenyans, and the reward is a visit to Egypt for a clash with ENPPI.

Gor Mahia are the only Kenyan club to win a CAF competition, defeating hot favourites Esperance of Tunisia on away goals in the 1987 African Cup Winners Cup final.

Power Dynamos, who lifted the same trophy four years later, travelled to central Angolan city Huambo with a one-goal lead, but it was insufficient as they fell 2-0 against Recreativo Caala.

Senegalese Alioune Gueye gave Caala an early lead and Ze Augusto snatched the tie-clinching second goal midway through the second half to earn Recreativo a crack at US Bougouni from Mali.

Bougouni defeated Haut Nkam of Cameroon 2-0 via goals from Mintou Doucoure and Youssouf Camara while compatriots Onze Createurs did even better, whipping Ivorian visitors Stella 3-0 to book a date with Etoile Sahel of Tunisia.