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Etoile go top in Confed Cup

Confederation Cup
Egypt's Harras al-Hodoud are top of Group A

Holders Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia moved to the top of Group B of the Confederation Cup after beating Sudan's Al-Merreikh 2-1 on Saturday.

The victory in Sousse lifted the home side from third to the summit of the group with six points.

Radhouane Felhi put the home side in the lead six minutes after the break before Emeka Opara's 77th minute strike extended their lead.

Al-Merreikh fought back with Haytham Tambal getting a consolation with only two minutes remaining.

In the group's other game on Saturday, Ghanaian side Asante Kotoko moved from the bottom of the table thanks to their 3-1 win over Algeria's JS Kabylie.

International striker Eric Bekoe scored either side of half-time to secure victory for the Porcupine Warriors in Kumasi.

He gave the home side the lead on 37 minutes before Jordan Opoku struck midway through the second half.

Kotoko extended their lead when defender Samuel Inkoom hit a powerful drive from the left of the box, the Algerian goalkeeper failed to hold it and Bekoe capitalised to stab home from just 10 yards.

JS Kabylie rallied and grabbed a consolation through Berramia Tayeb in stoppage time.

The victory took Kotoko to the top of the table with six points while JS Kabylie slipped to the bottom of the table with three points.

Meanwhile, Haras El Hadood of Egypt replaced CS Sfaxien of Tunisia as Group A leaders after a 3-1 win in the top-of-the-table clash on Friday.

Ahmed Eid gave African debutants Hadood a 14th-minute lead which was quickly extended by Ahmed Abdulghani.

Ivorian Blaise Kouassi pulled one goal back midway through the opening half.

Veteran Abdulhamid Bassiouni restored the two-goal advantage six minutes before half-time in the Mediterranean city.

Haras survived a second half onslaught with goalkeeper William Mensah outstanding.

Unfashionable Haras have six points and Sfaxien four after three matches while Club Africain of Tunisia, who have one point host InterClube of Angola in the other mini-league fixture on Sunday.

The pool winners qualify for the final of the competition with Sfaxien attempting to become the first club to successfully defend the title.

The other group comprises Al Merreikh of Sudan, runners-up to Sfaxien last year, Kotoko, 2006 title holders Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia and JS Kabylie.


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