Etoile du Sahel coach Faouzi Benzarti
Thursday Jun 25, 2015. 11:10
Etoile Sportive du Sahel will host Stade Malien in Sousse on Friday
, as the two sides kick off their 2015 Confederation Cup Group A campaign.
The Tunisians booked their spot in the group stage of Africa’s second-tier club competition with a 3-2 aggregate win over Morocco’s Raja Casablanca in the playoffs of the tournament, while the Malians got past AS Vita Club after bowing out of the CAF Champions League with a 3-4 aggregate loss to TP Mazembe.
Etoile du Sahel, who sealed a second-place finish in the Tunisian league last season, are chasing their first crown in the competition since claiming Confederation Cup glory in the 2006 edition.
To face the ‘Stadistes’, coach Faouzi Benzarti will be without defenders Alaya Brigui and Hamdi Nagguez, who are suspended, but will be able to count on international keeper Aymen Mathlouthi, who is coming back from injury.
The clash will also mark the farewell of Etoile striker Baghdad Bounedjah, who will leave the club for Qatar outfit Al Saad on30 June
Meanwhile, Stade Malien are also looking to add a second Confederation Cup star to their name, after winning the competition in 2009.
The two rivals have already faced each other at this stage of the continental tournament, with Stade Malien enjoying a 1-0 win in Sousse before playing out a goalless draw in Bamako in the group stage of the 2013 edition.
The match will kick off at Stade Olympique de Sousse at 23h00
CAT on Friday 26 June.