A must win African Champions League fifth round huge showdown takes place here in Addis Ababa on Saturday featuring Saint George in a head on clash against defending African champion Mamoludi Sundown. The only unbeaten side in the group, former champion Esperance tops the table with eight points.
Seven champions league matches without a defeat the Ethiopian Champions dream of booking a quarter final place faced a huge setback following the 2-1 away defeat at the hands of former champions As Vita in Kinshasa. Though determined to return home with additional points, the visitors opted for a cautious approach of a 4-3-2-1 formation in which Salhadin Said once again had the burden of facing the defense. However Vita’s game plan was a home win by all means and an early all out attacking play gave them a two goal first half cushion. A much inspired second half, Salhadin once again grabbed a life extending goal and the game ended in a 2-1 victory for the home side. Seven goals in seven matches Salhadin leads the championship’s scorer’s table.
With the defending champion Mamelodi Sundown forcing a goal less away draw against Esperance, Saint George is now third in the table with five points but a goal difference. The Tunisian heavy weights Esperance took the driver’s seat of the group in comfort with eight points from four matches. Sundowns were second with five goals and a single goal advantage. This means that the winner of this match will likely go through to the next round because a win would give Saint George 8 points.