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Dream Ahly-Zamalek CAF Cup final on the cards

24 August 2015, 15:06

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.

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