Last chance saloon for Al-Ahli Tripoli

Last chance saloon for Al-Ahli Tripoli
Etoile Sportive du Sahel player Ghazi Abderrazak (L) and Al Ahly Tripoli player Hamza Elbordji (R) fight for the ball during the CAF Confederation Cup soccer match between Etoile Sportive du Sahel of Tunisia and Al Ahly Tripoli of Libya at the Olympique Stadium in Sousse, Tunisia, 16 July 2016. EPA/MOHAMED MESSARA

by BackPageTXT

Tuesday Jul 26, 2016. 09:47

Étoile du Sahel will be out to add to Al-Ahli Tripoli's misery when they clash with the Libyan giants in a 2016 Caf Confederations Cup game on Tuesday evening.

The defending champions hammered their North African rivals 3-0 in the reverse fixture two weeks ago, and will be out to repeat the result as they aim to boost their chances of holding onto the continental title they won last year.

Despite the clash being a home game for Al-Ahli, the Diables Rouges will be resounding favourites to secure all three points considering the game will be played in the Tunisian capital.

CAF moved the fixture from Tripoli to Tunis due to security concerns, a move that will favour the 2006 and 2015 champions as they will only have to travel 150km north from their base to Tuesday's match venue.

Playing their home fixtures on foreign soil is a massive blow for Alzaeem, who have yet to register a point in Group B. The Libyan outfit lost their opening game 1-0 to FUS Rabat before going down 2-1 to Kawkab Marrakech.

This was followed by a humiliating 3-0 defeat to Étoile, with victory for the Tunisians their first in three fixtures. This after they lost to Kawkab before being held by FUS in Sousse.

A brace from Alaya Brigui got Faouzi Benzarti's troops back on track and they will now be hoping to add to Al Ahli's woes and consequently break into the semifinal spots. FUS Rabat host Kawkab Marrakech in a Moroccan Derby on Wednesday.

The match is scheduled to take place at the Stade Chedli Zouiten. Kick-off is at 19h00 CAT.

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