Roundup of Major African Leagues
Angola: There were neither not many winners nor losers. The 19th day of the Girabola was characterized by stalemates as five of the seven games ended without a winner. Leaders, Kabuscorp Palanca were held to a 1-1 draw by FC Cabinda. The scoreline was recorded during the Academica Lobito – Recreativo Caala, Santos FC – ASA and Primeiro de Agosto – Benfica Luanda matches. The encounter between Academica and Primeiro de Maio Soto ended barren. The only two winners were Recreativo Libolo who beat Onze Bravos 3-1 and Sagrada Esperança, lone goal winners over Progresso Sambizanga
Kabuscorp remains at the summit of the standings with 37 points, six points richer than Recreativo Libolo. Petro are third on 30 points. Reigning champions, Interclube are lying around the middle rungs of the table having played two matches less.
Congo: Leopard of Dolisie suffered their first loss of the season after Vision beat them by a lone goal over the weekend. Elsewhere in the Pointe Nore derby, Club V. Mokanda and Cheminots settled for a 1-1 draw.
In Brazzaville, Diables Noirs beat Etoile du Congo 2-0. The ‘Yellow and Black’ lead the pack on 42 points, 10-points more than JS Talangai.
Gabon: Missile FC won the 2011 title with a 3-2 win over CF Mounana in the penultimate match of the season at the Idriss Ngari Owendo Stadium.
With a total of 56 points 31, the military-club finished five points ahead of rivals Mangasport, which beat bottom club En Avant Estuary 2-0.
However, Missile FC’s would have to wait another time to realize their double ambitions after Mangasport edged past them with a 2-0 win at the semis. Mangasport will face AS Pelican in the final after the former defeated Union Sportive Oyem 4-2 on penalties.
Kenya: The race for the title is getting keener. After 18 week of matches, only six points separate leaders Posta Rangers and seventh placed Chemelil Sugars. The leaders were held to 1-1 draw by struggling Nairobi City Stars at the latter’s backyard. Ulinzi Stars also moved to 33 points after a hard fought 1-0 win at Kenya Commercial Bank. Joint-leaders Tusker FC have an outstanding game against Gor Mahia fixed for August 3.
Former champions, Sofapaka beat Sony Sugar 1-0 whilst Chemelil Sugar were the biggest winners, beating Thika United 4-1 at home.
Mali: The maiden edition of the Mali women’s cup ended last Saturday at the Modibo Keita Stadium with USFAS registering a 1-0 win over Super Lionesses in the final. Aissata Doumbia scored the only goal of the match after six minutes.
The Malian Prime Minister, Madam Marim Kaïdama Sidibé on behalf of the Government offered a sum of 500,000 CFA francs to each of the finalists.
Zambia: Red Arrows maintained their place at the apex of the standings after with a 2-0 win over rivals Nkana FC in the Week 16 match of the Zambian Super League. Red Arrows have 33 points, two more than Power Dynamos who also pipped Green Eagles 3-2 away from home.
Third-placed Konkola Baldes lost 0-2 at home to Lime Hotspurs, Green Buffaloes beat bottom-placed Kalewa 2-1 whilst Kabwe Warriors stunned defending champions 1-0 at home.
Zimbabwe: Platinum stayed atop after a lone goal victory over Hwange in their week 18 clash over the weekend. The leaders are five points richer than Motor Action, who have 34 points and have played a game less. Highlanders kept the chase on the leaders with a 2-0 win over Zimbabwe Saints whilst Monomotapa crushed CAPS United 3-0 away.