Kevin Phelan and Matt Ford made 5-under 67s to share the first-round lead at the Africa Open on Thursday.

Phelan had six birdies and just one bogey at East London Golf Course. Ford made five birdies and was bogey-free.

They lead from a five-way tie for third made up of Richard Bland, David Howell, John Parry, Neil Schietekat and Eduardo de la Riva.

Ireland's Phelan followed up his tie for second at the Joburg Open last weekend. He started on No. 10 in blustery conditions, with his slip on his second hole his only bogey.

England's Ford joined him at the top of the leaderboard after producing the only flawless round of the day.