Football: Stade, Etoile fight for CAF Cup survival

Football: Stade, Etoile fight for CAF Cup survival
Stade Malien.

JOHANNESBURG - Stade Malien will have the edge over Etoile Sahel Sunday when the clubs seek the last CAF Confederation Cup semi-finals place.

The Malians are two points ahead of the Tunisians in Group A as both prepare to finish the mini-league phase with away fixtures.

Shock 2009 Confederation Cup winners Stade are in Tunisia to face runaway group winners and two-time title-holders CS Sfaxien.

And Etoile from coastal resort Sousse face bottom team Saint George of Ethiopia 2,300 metres (7,550 feet) above sea level in Addis Ababa.

A draw will suffice for Stade as a victory and a draw against Etoile in the middle rounds gives them a head-to-head advantage.

Etoile, winners of the 2006 Confederation Cup and runners-up two years later, can squeeze through if they collect maximum points and Stade are beaten.

Sfaxien have already defeated Stade in Mali and a draw at Etoile last weekend came after four consecutive victories under Dutch coach Ruud Krol.

Impressive CAF form by the club from Mediterranean industrial city Sfax helped Krol get the nod as Tunisia coach for an upcoming World Cup play-off against Cameroon after Nabil Maaloul quit.

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