Stars hold Raja in Confed Cup

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African Stars held the defending champions of the CAF Confederations Cup Raja Casablanca at a packed Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The game failed to sparkle until five minutes before the break as midfielder Alfeus Handura gave Stars the lead with a great shot for the first shot of the half.

Raja, who failed to acclimatise to the hot conditions, however showed thier pedigree and soon struck back as Soufiane Rahimi equalised three minutes into the second half.

The two sides now meet again on Sunday 20 January 2019 for the return leg.

In a qualifier for the play-offs, Raja slammed five goals past Gabonese outfit Cercle Sportif Mberi in Casablanca and a similar wide overall winning margin is now on the cards.

Aggregate winners after the return matches next weekend go into the group draw on January 21 with twice trophy-holders Etoile Sahel from Tunisia, who were given a play-offs bye.

The Confederation Cup is the second-tier African club competition and the play-offs pit 15 survivors from two qualifying rounds against CAF Champions League round-of-30 losers.