A muscle injury sustained during a warm-up session denied Kenyan international Masud Juma the chance to suit-up for his side JS Kabilye of Algeria in their CAF Champions League second round, group stage preliminary first-leg tie played Saturday 14 September in Tizi Ouzou Algeria against Guinean outfit Horoya.
The forward, suffered the injury in the final build up to the game on Saturday which the Algerian side made full use of home court advantage to claim a 2-0 win.
Masud, who joined the Algerian side almost immediately after this year’s AFCON finals in which he was a part of the Kenyan team, has featured in all three of Kabilye’s league fixtures this season though he hasn’t opened his account yet for the 14 time Algerian champions.
Kabilye will hope to have the 2017 KPL top scorer fit and ready for when they travel away for the return-leg tie in a fortnight.
Elsewhere in Saturday’s Champions League action, Kenyan duo of striker Jesse Were and midfielder Anthony Akumu helped Zambian side Zesco United grab a 1-1 draw away to Yanga FC of Tanzania. Both players started the game with another Kenyan, defender David Owino an unused substitute.
Zimbabwean midfielder Thabani Kamusoko, scored deep in stoppage time to deny his former side Yanga a vital win and grant his team an all-important away goal.
Rwandese international Patrick Sibomana had given Yanga the lead with a first-half penalty.
The two teams will meet in two weeks’ time in Ndola Zambia for the return fixture with the winner on aggregate after the game sealing qualification to the Champions League group stag proper.
Yanga is also home to Kenyan shotstopper Faruk Shikalo who is not eligible to play for his team in continental matches just yet. He will await to see if his team progresses to the group stages or drops down to the Confederations Cup for him to be registered to play.
Sunday’s CL action will see Gor Mahia attempt to become the first Kenyan side to play in the tournament’s group stages. No other team from the country has ever attained this fete.
K’Ogalo are away to USM Alger with the match set for the Mustapha Tchaker Stadium in Blida Algeria from 10: 45PM local time.
Below are all of the first-leg results thus far as well as the remaining games;
Cote d’Or 0-5 Mamelodi Sundowns – Seychelles
FC Platinum 1-0 UD Songo – Zimbabwe
Green Eagles 1-0 Primero de Agosto – Zambia
Yanga 1-1 Zesco United – Tanzania
Petro de Luanda 0-0 KCCA – Angola
Cano Sport 0-2 Al Ahly – Equatorial Guinea
Generations Foot 2-1 Zamalek – Senegal
JS Kabilye 2-0 Horoya – Algeria
Fosa Junior vs TP Mazembe – Madagascar
Elect-Sport vs Esperance – Chad
Asante Kotoko vs Etoile du Sahel – Ghana
Enyimba vs Al Hilal – Nigeria
Kara vs AS Vita – Togo
Nouadhibou vs Wydad Casablanca – Mauritania
Al Nasr vs Raja Casablanca – Egypt
USM Alger vs Gor Mahia – Algeria