CAF: FUS and Sfaxien hold one goal leads (+video)
The Confederation Cup, Africa’s second club competition, is at the semi-final stage and for Moroccan side FUS Rabat the dream of a first continental title is still strong following their 2-1 away victory in Libya against Ittihad. Two-time champions CS Sfaxien of Tunisia have a narrow one goal advantage to take into their second leg tie against Sudan’s Al-Hilal.
FUS Rabat were away in the Libyan capital Tripoli for their first leg tie against Ittihad and in front of a 50,000 crowd stunned the home support with a 2-1 victory to set themselves up for the home leg in fine style. The opening goal of the game came just thirteen minutes in and was somewhat fortunate to creep into the net after Hacham El Fatihi’s shot bobbled along the ground past Ittihad keeper Samir Aboud. The game then featured two fantastic free-kick goals in the second half in terms of goalscoring action with Mohammed Benchrifa doubling FUS Rabat’s lead in spectacular fashion just two minutes after the break, this despite having ten men on the pitch following Alhassane Issoufou’s red card in the 40th minute. Younes al Shabani reduced the arrears by half with just sixty seconds remaining following a well worked free-kick but the Libyan champions have to be content with a one goal deficit going into the second leg which is played in the Moroccan capital on November 12th.
CS Sfaxien have a tremendous record in this competition having won it back-to-back in 2007 & 2008 and are hoping to win it for a third time since the tournament took its current format six years ago. They were at home to Al-Hilal who are hoping to become only the second Sudanese team to reach the final of this tournament following their arch-rivals Al-Merreikh’s appearance in 2007. The only goal of the game was scored after 36 minutes thanks to midfielder Kamel Zaiem, who is in good form having scored three goals in his team’s last three matches, and it proved to be the difference ahead of the second leg which will be played in Al-Hilal’s home city of Omdurman on November 14th.
WATCH ITTIHAD v FUS RABAT GOALS HERE: