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Sfaxien through to Confed Cup group phase

The Confederation Cup trophy

The group stage of the Confederation Cup has expanded from eight teams to 16 this year

CS Sfaxien of Tunisia became the first team to reach the newly expanded group phase of the African Confederation Cup with a 2-0 win over Rail Kadiogo of Burkina Faso on Friday.

The result in Sfax gave Sfaxien, three-times former winners of the Confederation Cup, a 4-1 aggregate win in the second leg of their play-off.

Goals from Maher Hannachi and Karim Aouadhi sealed the victory for the Tunisian side.

In other fixtures this weekend, JS Kabylie of Algeria are aiming to overturn a 2-0 deficit on Sunday when they host Confederation Cup holders TP Mazembe of the DR Congo.

The two sides are meeting in the second leg of their play-off to decide who advances to the group phase.

The Algerians will be looking to striker Mohamed Boulaouidet who has rescued his club in two earlier qualifying victories.

He scored twice in a 4-0 preliminary-round rout of Liberians Monrovia Club Breweries that overturned a shock three-goal first-leg loss in west Africa.

Then in the last-32 against Etoile of Congo Brazzaville, he snatched the only goal of the tie in the final minute of the match.

For the second successive season, Mazembe failed to qualify for the Champions League group stage and were demoted to Africa’s second tier competition.

The Congolese boast a multi-national squad and Zambia midfielder Nathan Sinkala and Mali centre-back Salif Coulibaly scored against Kabylie in Lubumbashi.

Confederation Cup fixtures:

First leg:

Sunday:

  • Rivers Utd (Nigeria) v Rayon Sports (Rwanda) (Delayed due to commemoration of the Rwanda genocide)

Second legs:

Friday:

  • CS Sfaxien (Tunisia) 2-0 Rail Kadiogo (Burkina Faso) (CS Sfaxien win 4-1 on aggregate)

Saturday:

  • Mbabane Swallows (Swaziland) v AC Leopards (Congo) (0-1)
  • Zesco Utd (Zambia) v Enugu Rangers (Nigeria) (2-2)
  • Recreativo Libolo (Angola) v CNaPS Sport (Madagascar) (1-1)
  • Club Africain (Tunisia) v AS Port Louis (Mauritius) (2-1)
  • MAS Fes (Morocco) v FUS Rabat (Morocco) (1-2)
  • Smouha (Egypt) v Wits (South Africa) (0-0)
  • Mouloudia Alger (Algeria) v Young Africans (Tanzania) (0-1)
  • Al Masry (Egypt) v KCCA (Uganda) (0-1)
  • Ittihad Tanger (Morocco) v Horoya (Guniea) (0-2)

Sunday:

  • Platinum Stars (South Africa) v AS Tanda (Ivory Coast) (0-2)
  • Asec Mimosas (Ivory Coast) v CF Mounana (Gabon) (1-2)
  • SuperSport Utd (South Africa) v Barrack Young Controllers (Liberia) (1-1)
  • JS Kabylie (Algeria) v TP Mazembe (DR Congo) (0-2)
  • Al Hilal Obeid (Sudan) v Ports Authority (The Gambia) (1-1)

KCCA take a 1-0 lead over Al Masry to Egypt as they strive to become the first Ugandan club to reach the group stage of an African continental competition.

Teenager Derrick Nsibambi scored deep in stoppage time of the first leg to raise hopes of a historic triumph and at least US$275,000 in prize money.

“We can match Masry in Egypt,” was the defiant message from captain and full-back Denis Okot.

But Masry coach and former Egypt star Hossam Hassan predicted a different outcome to the return match.

“My boys will fight back and qualify for the group stage. We were unlucky not to score in Kampala and the artificial pitch did not suit us,” he insisted.

Another east African club taking a 1-0 lead to the north of the continent are Young Africans of Tanzania, who edged Mouloudia Alger of Algeria in Dar es Salaam.

Seeking a second successive appearance in the group stage, ‘Yanga’ owe their slender advantage to a goal from Zimbabwean Thabani Kamusoko.

Fellow midfielder Simon Msuva believes a cautious approach will serve the Tanzanians best in Algiers.

“We will qualify by holding on to our lead. It is not going to be easy in Algeria and we should play cautiously,” he said.

Zesco United of Zambia, surprise 2016 Champions League semi-finalists, host Enugu Rangers of Nigeria in a powerful position having forced a 2-2 away draw.

“Our greater African experience was decisive,” said Kenyan defender David Owino after Zesco wiped out a two-goal deficit in Nigeria.

There are three South African contenders, but only SuperSport United are likely to advance having drawn 1-1 with Barrack Young Controllers in Liberia.

Wits make the long journey to Egypt after a goalless first leg against Smouha while Platinum Stars trail 2-0 against visiting AS Tanda from the Ivory Coast.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39587382

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April 14th, 2017

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