William Stima scored a vital away goal as FC Platinum managed a 1-1 draw against AS Otoho D’oyo in the first leg of Champions League first encounter played in Congo on Sunday.

The result gives them a huge step into the group stages despite the inconveniences they faced when they arrived in the central African country.

The Zimbabwe champions found themselves trailing in the 22nd minute when Matheus Botamba sent the hosts in front. They survived a scare a few moments later when Benza hit the post.

The visitors quickly launched a counter-attack but were also denied by the woodwork at the other end when Lameck Nhamo found space and shot at goal.

Otaha were unlucky again when Obondo’s effort beat goalkeeper Petros Mhari but could not get past the post. Nonetheless, they went to the break with an advantage.

Stima equalised three minutes into the second half from a free-kick.

The home team followed up with several chances with hope to restore their lead but Mhari stood his ground, pulling some brilliant saves which kept his team in the game.

The return fixture will be played next weekend in Zvishavane.

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