In an embattled match that unfolded at the 11 de Novembro Stadium in Luanda, the Angolan football team, Academica do Lobito, faced a disheartening 1-3 defeat against Clube Africain from Tunisia. This was a critical second-round encounter in Group C of the African Confederation Cup or the Nelson Mandela Trophy.
Clube Africain's Unyielding Front
The Tunisian team put up a formidable front, with Bassem taking charge of the scoring board. The player netted the ball twice at the 46th and 75th minutes, setting a tough pace for the home team. Adding another layer of pressure, Handi Labidi scored at the 53rd minute, further consolidating Clube Africain's dominance.
Academica do Lobito's Lone Strike
Academica do Lobito managed to strike once, with Samuel scoring their sole goal. This brief glimmer of hope, however, was not enough to overcome the Tunisian team's lead.
Angolan Teams' Struggle in the Cup
It's worth noting that this defeat marks the second loss for the Angolan team. Academica do Lobito had previously experienced a 0-3 loss to Rivers United from Nigeria in the tournament's first round. Another Angolan team, Sagrada Esperanca from Lunda Norte, also faced defeat in its second-round match, losing 0-1 to Abu Salem from Libya in Group B. These outcomes pose significant challenges for both teams moving forward in the African Confederation Cup.