Defending champions desperate to bounce back in Sousse

Defending champions desperate to bounce back in Sousse
Ghazi Abderrazak of Etoile (l) shields ball from Abdelouahed Chakhsi of Kawkab (r) during the CAF Confederation Cup match between Kawkab Marrakech and Etoile Sahel in Marrakech, Morocco on 17 June 2016 ©BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Wednesday Jun 29, 2016. 11:56

Defending Caf Confederations Cup champions Étoile du Sahel will be desperate to bounce back to winning ways when they welcome FUS Rabat in Sousse on Wednesday evening.

The 2015 champions suffered a 2-1 defeat away to Kawkab Marrakech on matchday one of the group stages; with a late Abdelilah Amimi goal securing all thee points for the home side.

Moreover, a second-half striker from Mohamed Nahiri secured a 1-0 win for FUS over Al-Ahli Tripoli in their opening Group B clash earlier this month.

Kawkab Marrakech have since moved top of the standings with six points following a 2-1 win in Tripoli on Tuesday evening.

Etoile were demoted to the 2016 Caf Confederation Cup following a penalty shoot-out defeat to Enyimba. The tie was deadlocked at 3-3 on aggregate after two legs.

The Red Devils subsequently beat CF Mounana 2-1 to book their place in the Caf Confederations Cup group stages.

Rabat, who won the second tier competition six years ago, secured their place in the group stages with a convincing 4-0 win over Stade Malien.

Etoile have been CAF CC champions on two previous occasions (2006 and 2015).

Kick-off at the Stade Olympique de Sousse is scheduled for 23h00 CAT.

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