ES Sahel face tricky trip to Tanzania

ES Sahel face tricky trip to Tanzania
Etoile Sahel defender Rami Bedoui (L) in Confed Cup action against Ahly in 2014

by Stephane DeSaintsalvy

Thursday Apr 16, 2015. 17:45

Etoile du Sahel are heading to Tanzania in the Confederation Cup, to face Young Africans in Dar Es Salaam in the first leg of their round of 16 tie on Saturday.

The Tunisians are looking to extend their continental campaign after getting past Angolan club Benfica Luanda 2-1 on aggregate in the previous round, and reach the group stage of Africa’s second-tier clubs competition for the third consecutive time.

Winners of the tournament in 2006 and African Champions a year later, the ‘Diables Rouges’ have been enjoying a great run of form on the national stage, lying on equal footing with Club Africain and Espérance de Tunis at the top of the log.

However, Young Africans are not lacking confidence either ahead of the clash, after thrashing FC Platinum of Zimbabwe 5-2 on aggregate in the round of 32 and closing in on a second consecutive national title.

‘Yanga’ had their best performance in the competition in 2007 with a second round of 16 loss to Al Merreikh, while recording a first round exit in their last appearance in 2011.

This will be the first meeting between the two sides in an official CAF tournament, with the match to kick off at the Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium in Dar Es Salaam at 14h00 CAT on Saturday.

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