'Gedo' injury blow as Ahly hold Etoile
Egypt midfielder Mohamed 'Gedo' Nagy escapes Mozambique defenders Zainadine Junior (R) and Edson 'Mexer' Sitoe during their African zone 2014 World Cup qualifier in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria on June 1, 2012
'Gedo' retired 30 minutes into the CAF heavyweights draw at the weekend and a club official told Egyptian media the striker would be out of action for up to half a year.
Nagy only recently returned to action for the Cairo 'Red Devils' after foot surgery and rejoins a long casualty list, including fellow striker Emad Moteab.
Egyptians Ahly and Tunisians Etoile are among the three most successful CAF clubs with 26 titles between them and the Group B match at Mediterranean resort Sousse did not disappoint.
Cautious Ahly were content to sit back during the opening half, but the tactic backfired near half-time when 2006 Confederation Cup winners Etoile scored.
Ahmed Fahy and Saad Samir failed to cut off a cross and Algerian Baghdad Bounedjah beat goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy from close range.
Etoile wasted several early second-half chances to score more goals and were punished just before the hour mark.
Gamal darted on to a pass from substitute Ahmed Shokri and scored with the only shot Ahly had on target.
Etoile finished strongly at the Stade Olympique with in-form Bounedjah foiled by the woodwork before Marouane Tej blazed wide.
The clash of giants at the 30,000-seat stadium was watched by a crowd restricted to 8,000 owing to post-Arab Spring security concerns.
A point kept Ahly top of the table with four, Etoile and Ivorians Sewe San Pedro have two each and Zambians Nkana one.
Sewe were grateful to goalkeeper Ake Ahouchi for a 1-1 draw at Nkana in a match overshadowed by the death of home club coach Masauso Mwale.
The 51-year-old died on the eve of the game from severe head injuries after his car overturned on the Ndola-Kitwe highway.
Roger Assale put the Ivorians ahead midway through the opening half, Roger Kampamba equalised, and a string of spectacular Ahouchi saves denied the Zambians maximum points.
Cameroonians Coton Sport leapt from the bottom to the top of Group A with a 2-1 home victory over Malians Real Bamako in Garoua.
Nigerien Daouda Kamilou scored to give the 'Cottoners' a 1-0 half-time advantage, Badra Ali Sylla equalised and Ephraim Yosanguim snatched the 80th-minute match-winner.
Kofi Boua missed a penalty, had a goal ruled offside, and fluffed several other scoring opportunities as Ivorians ASEC Mimosas were held 0-0 by Congolese AC Leopards in Abidjan.
Coton have three points, ASEC two, and Leopards and Real one each with the Cameroonians and Congolese playing a game less.
Matchday 3 fixtures are scheduled for the June 6-8 weekend.