Ghana FA Cup champions Medeama succumbed to a narrow 1-0 defeat to Libyan side Al-Ittihad Tripoli in the first leg encounter of the 2016 Caf Confederations Cup first round.
Mansour Al-Bourki scored the only goal of the match which was moved to the Stade Taïeb Mhiri in Sfax, Tunisia, due to security concerns in Libya.
Having drawn a bye for the preliminary round, the game marked Medeama’s first outing of the campaign while Ittihad, on the other hand, overcame Nigerien outfit AS SONIDEP 5-4 on aggregate to set up a date with the Ghanaian side.
Captain Muntari Tagoe maintained his place as the Yellow and Mauves’ safest pair of hands but coach Tom Strand drafted youngster Dominic Eshun into his starting XI in the absence of Bernard Ofori.
Having held their own for the most part, Daniel Amoah fouled his marker in the penalty box on the stroke of half-time.
Sudanese referee Mutaz Khairalla didn’t hesitate to point to the spot and Mansour Al-Bourki neatly slammed home his penalty to give the Libyans a slim lead ahead of the return leg at the Sekondi-Essipong Sports Stadium next weekend.
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