Johannesburg - A dream CAF Confederation Cup final between
arch Egyptian rivals Al Ahly and Zamalek remains on the cards ahead of the
final group games during September.
Ahly replaced fellow-qualifiers Etoile Sahel of Tunisia as
Group A leaders on goal difference and Zamalek crept above Orlando Pirates of
South Africa on goals scored in Group B after both sealed last-four places.
If the Cairo clubs stay on top, or if both finish runners-up
after the final matchday, they will dodge each other in the semi-finals.
Etoile, winners of the second-tier African Football
Confederation (CAF) club competition in 2006, conceded a stoppage-time goal at
the weekend to draw 1-1 with Stade Malien of Mali in Bamako.
Guinean Alkhaly Bangoura put the Tunisian outfit ahead just
before the hour and Moussa Coulibaly levelled six minutes into additional time.
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Stade, the 2009 Confederation Cup winners, were let down by
poor home mini-league form at Stade Modibo Keita this year, securing just two
points from a possible nine.
Ahly overtook Etoile thanks to a 1-0 win at
bottom-of-the-table Esperance of Tunisia with Ghana-born recent signing John
Antwi scoring the fifth-minute winner at Stade El Menzah in Tunis.
A late Ahmed Hamoudi brace earned Zamalek a 3-1 win at
record three-time Confederation Cup title-holders CS Sfaxien of Tunisia.
Kahraba, real name Mahmoud Abdel Moneim, gave the Egyptians
a second-half lead and he had a penalty saved by Rami Jeridi after Ali Maaloul
equalised from another spot-kick.
But Sfaxien suffered a fourth loss in five outings as
Hamoudi came off the bench to restore the lead nine minutes from time, then
converted a stoppage-time penalty.
Pirates were equally impressive winners with goals from Mpho
Makola and captain Oupa Manyisa bringing a 2-0 victory over AC Leopards of
Congo Brazzaville in Soweto.
Confederation Cup winners bank $660,000 (575,000 euros) and
are guaranteed at least another $50,000 from a CAF Super Cup match against the
Champions League winners.For
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