Congolese side, AC Leopards masterminded one of the biggest upsets in continental club football beating Coton Sport of Cameroon 4-0 on Saturday in Garoua.
Striker Kader Bidimbou netted a hat-trick whilst Cesaire Gandze was also on target as the Dolisie-based club dismantled a Coton Sport side that was out of sort, and keep alive their hopes of making it to the next stage of the second-tier continental club championship.
A spectacular second half performance from the visitors gifted them the maximum points to remain in the hunt for the second slot to join Coton Sport into the semis. Leopards are now on eight points, two adrift of Coton Sport ahead of the final matches of Group A in a fortnight.
After a balanced first half, Bidimbou broke the deadlock on 54 minutes with a bullet shot from close range after Gandze had put him through.
Five minutes later, the homers were awarded a penalty but captain Nicaise Zimbori was denied by goalkeeper Lawrence Ngome, who saved the initial kick and a rebound as well.
It was the turning point of the game and Gandze doubled the lead on 72 minutes by heading in a rebound after Bidimbou’s initial effort gazed the crossbar.
Bidimbou sealed his hat-trick with strikes on 75 minutes and seven minutes from time to power the Congolese champions to a famous victory in northern Cameroonian city.
Ivorian giants, ASEC Mimosas will host AS Real of Mali in the other Group A match on Sunday in Abidjan.