September 24, 2016

Five CAF Confederation Cup semi-finals facts

CHEERS! . . . Golden Eaglets captain Kelechi Nwakali celebrates with a teammate after beating Niger Republic 2-0 at CAF U-17

Five CAF Confederation Cup semi-finals facts ahead of second legs this weekend:

— TP Mazembe from the Democratic Republic of Congo defeated 2009 title-holders Stade Malien of Mali 1-0 at home and 2-1 away in a previous semi-finals appearance three years ago.

— Etoile Sahel of Tunisia featured in a semi-final of the second-tier competition for the first time last year and edged Zamalek of Egypt in a dramatic tie after winning 5-1 at home and losing 3-0 away.

— The three clubs held at home in the first leg of a Confederation Cup semi-final — Bayelsa United of Nigeria, ENPPI of Egypt and CA Bizertin of Tunisia — all finished overall losers.

— FUS Rabat took an unusual route to success six years ago in a previous semi-finals appearance, defeating Al Ittihad 2-1 in Libya and losing 1-0 in Morocco to qualify on away goals.

— First-time semi-finalists Mouloudia Bejaia are hoping to emulate the only other Algerian qualifiers for the penultimate stage, Entente Setif, who eliminated Bayelsa 2-1 on aggregate to reach the 2009 decider.