Comorian international striker Ibroihim Youssouf scored two goals and created one as African Stars Football Club beat Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) in the first leg match of the Confederation of African Football Champions Leagues preliminary round at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday.
Stars fell behind in a bizarre fashion when the usually reliable defender Ivan Kamberipa scored an own goal with less than 20 minutes played.
However, Stars returned in the 32nd minute when man of the match Youssouf waltzed his way into the box, leaving Allan Okello sprawling on the ground and in the process handling the ball for a penalty.
Aubrey Omseb stepped up and converted the resultant spot kick to make it 1-1 at the break.
The pace of the game dropped in the second half as the visitors sat back and relied on counter attacking football.
Youssouf then put Stars ahead with a brilliant goal, which saw him beat two KCCA defenders before unleashing a thunderous shot that beat captain and goalkeeper Charles Lukwango and settled in the bottom far corner of the net to make it 2-1 for Stars.
Stars debutant goalkeeper Mbemutjiua Mata was found wanting after failing to get hold of a simple cross, allowing Patrick Henry Kedu to tap into an empty net with Stars defence at sixes and sevens, making it 2-2.
Youssouf again proved to be the match winner when he picked up a loose ball on the left wing, cut inside his marker before unleashing another thunderous shot which left Lukwango sprawling to make it 3-2 for the home team.
Stars coach Mohamed Gargo was left angry at the way his side played, saying Stars could have won with a bigger margin.
We had them, but left them. This is a brand new team and we barley know each other. I am happy that we are able to create these chances that we had. In Kampala I hope we will be better than what you saw today, Gargo said.
On the chances of beating KCCA in Uganda, Gargo said they would give it their best in Kampala so as to get a positive result, which will allow them to proceed to the next round.
His opposite number, Magera Jackson, said his side conceded silly goals because of carelessness, adding that his team will kill off the tie at their home ground.
The two teams will meet again between 22 and 25 August for the return leg in Kampala, with the winner expected to move into the first qualifying round of the tournament.
- Title: Stars down KCCA 3-2
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