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African big guns get positive Champions League start

Raja Casablanca's Mohsine Moutaouali, right, celebrates with team mates after scoring his side's second goal during their semi final soccer match between Raja Casablanca and Atletico Mineiro at the Club World Cup soccer tournament in Marrakech, Morocco, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013(Photo: AP)

Raja Casablanca’s Mohsine Moutaouali, right, celebrates with team mates after scoring his side’s second goal during their semi final soccer match between Raja Casablanca and Atletico Mineiro at the Club World Cup soccer tournament in Marrakech, Morocco, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013(Photo: AP)

Africa’s lions predictably thrashed the underdogs in the first leg of the African Champions League preliminary round, with a goal tally of 18-1 from just four matches.

The high scoring began on Friday when Morocco’s Raja thrashed Sierra Leone’s Diamond Stars 6-0 at homeland.

On Saturday, Tanzania’s Young Africans were too strong for Komorozine of Comoros Islands, beating them 7-0.

Egypt’s Zamalek defeated Niger’s AS Douanes 2-0 on Sunday, while Nigerian giants Enyimba defeated Togo’s Ange de Notse 3-1.

Ghanaian side Berekum Chelsea was also among the lucky ones as they also managed to sink Atlabar of South Sudan 2-0.

The prominent surprise of the first leg was the 0-2 loss of Sudanese heavyweights Al-Merreikh against Kampala City Council of Uganda.

Return legs to be played on 14-16 February.

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