Football: Tanzanian ice cream club melt in Morocco cauldron

Tanzanian ice cream company club Azam had two players red carded and missed a penalty as they crashed out of the CAF Confederation Cup this weekend.

Azam lost a fiery last-16 second leg 2-1 at FAR Rabat of Morocco to exit the second-tier competition by the same aggregate score having been held 0-0 in Dar es Salaam two weeks ago.

After achieving better results on the road in previous rounds, England-born Azam coach Stewart Hall was confident of success at Stade Prince Moulay Abdellah in the Moroccan capital.

The Tanzanians could not have wished for a better start with John Bocco on target after seven minutes only for Abderrahim Achchakir to equalise with a penalty soon after.

Although reduced to 10 men when Achchakir was sent off, 2005 Confederation Cup winners FAR nudged ahead just before half-time when Mustapha Allaoui slammed a rebound past goalkeeper Ally Mwadini.

A disastrous second half for Azam saw David Mwantika and Waziri Salum red carded after second bookings before Bocco rattled the woodwork with a penalty nine minutes from time.

Defeat for Azam leaves surprise side Lydia Academic of Burundi as the lone east African qualifiers for mid-May play-offs against CAF Champions League last-16 losers.

Christophe Nduwarugira scored the only goal in Bujumbura seven minutes before half-time and the home team went on to oust 1998 African champions ASEC Mimosas of Ivory Coast 4-2 in a penalty shootout.

Vincent Die Foneye, 33, won the battle of the golden oldies against Sibusiso Zuma, 37, scoring twice within four minutes as ENPPI of Egypt triumphed 3-1 at SuperSport United of South Africa after a goalless first leg.

Ivorian Foneye gave a late first half master class in clinical finishing after George Maluleka had fired SuperSport ahead and Ahmed Osman added a third for the Cairo club, who closely policed previous-round star Zuma.

Former Confederation Cup winners Etoile Sahel of Tunisia demonstrated their strength by overwhelming Recreativo Caala of Angola 6-1 with Malian Michailou Drame and Ugandan Emmanuel Okwi among the scorers.

US Bitam of Gabon won 3-0 at home against USMA of Algeria to advance by the same overall score and Ismaily of Egypt edged Al-Ahly Shandy of Sudan on penalties behind closed doors in Cairo after two goalless draws.