Saints bow out of Confederation Cup semifinal

Eleven-time Ethiopian Premier League champions St. George are out of Confederation Cup contention after a fourth round 1-0 away defeat to hosts Stade di Malien. Former African champions TP Mazembe and Tunisian side Bizertin go through to the next stage.
Although an away win was what was needed to boost the visitor’s chance to join the last four, they opted for a strong defensive tactic and almost got away with it had it not been for Salif Keita’s winning goal ten minutes in to the final whistle. With Fasil Tekalegn as the makeshift head coach, the 1-0 away defeat turned out to be the end of the Saints semi final dreams staying at the bottom of the table with just three points from five matches. With the final group’s match in Addis Ababa next Sunday, even a home win cannot help “The Horse Men” join the semi final. Already in the last four, CS Sfaxien settled for a 1-1 draw with city rival Etoil du Sahel to stay on top of the table with 14 points while Etoil is third with five points. Second in the table Stade di Malie must win away at Sfaxien to finish as the group runner-up with ten points even if Etoil manages an away victory over Saint George, it could end the campaign with eight points. 
In the other group matches, TP Mazembe, playing at home, trashed Algeria’s Entente 4-2 at home securing a semi final place with 10 points. The 2009 Confederation Cup runner-up Entente’s hope to grab one of the last four places has come to an end, while Bizertin made it through after a 1-0 home win over Moroccan side Fus Rabat.
Esperance secured a Champions League semi final berth by dominating group “B” with 12 points from five matches. Thanks to Yannick N’Djeng’s last minute goal, Esperance won 3-2 at home over Angola’s Recretivo Libolo. After a surprise 1-0 home win over the South African Orlando Pirates, Congolese side the Leopards revived its hopes to join the semi final  with each team having seven points.

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