Johannesburg - Nigerians Enyimba banished memories of a disastrous CAF Champions League campaign last year by outplaying Beninese Buffles Borgou 3-0 in a 2015 preliminary match at the weekend.
Daniel Etor, Kingsley Sokari and Peter Onyekachi scored for the 'Peoples' Elephant' in south-eastern city Aba to virtually secure a last-32 place ahead of the March 1 return game.
Enyimba, African champions in 2003 and 2004 and the only Nigerian club to achieve the feat, were wary of Buffles despite the lack of international success by Beninese clubs.
The nervousness stemmed from a shock round-of-32 exit to Malians Real Bamako last year after scraping past Togolese Anges Notse.
Coach Kadiri Ikhana, the mastermind behind the 2003 CAF triumph, warned his team not to underestimate Champions League debutants Buffles.
Also read: Enyimba, Kano Pillars know CAF CL foes
However, had the Nigerians converted more chances and not wasted a penalty opportunity, they could have doubled their winning margin.
Etor tapped in an Onyekachi cross on eight minutes to break the deadlock and substitute Nzube Anaezemba fired a second-half penalty over the bar.
Sokari stretched the lead five minutes from time by nodding in a Bright Esieme cross and Onyekachi completed the scoring in the final minute.
Azam, a Tanzanian ice cream company club making their Champions League debut, were impressive 2-0 home winners over Sudanese El-Merrikh.
Burundian Didier Kabumbangu scored after nine minutes of a free-flowing match in Dar es Salaam and John Bocco added a second goal on 71 minutes.
The East Africa derby grouped two coaches who have achieved CAF club glory.
Cameroon-born Azam handler Joseph Omog steered Congo Brazzaville outfit AC Leopards to the 2012 CAF Confederation title against huge odds.
And Franco-Italian Merrikh boss Diego Garzitto was in charge of Democratic Republic of Congo side TP Mazembe when they lifted the Champions League trophy six years ago.
Kabumbangu scored at the second attempt following a cross after his first effort rebounded of Sudanese goalkeeper Magoola Salim.
There were plenty of scoring chances -- most to Azam -- before Bocco struck with a diving header less than a minute after coming off the bench.
Chadians Foullah Edifice had their goalkeeper and their captain sent off as they slumped 3-0 away to Algerians USM Alger.
Farouk Chafa scored after four minutes and Youssef Belaili converted a 57th-minute penalty with Foullah down to 10 men.
The Chadians were further depleted numerically by the time Charles Andria completed the scoring.For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.