Esperance extend unbeaten African run to 19 games
Esperance of Tunisia clinched first place in Orange CAF Champions League group A by winning 1-0 at home to Sunshine Stars from Nigeria. The victory extended to 19 matches the unbeaten run of the Tunisian Blood and Gold, who are seeking a second successive African title after overcoming Wydad Casablanca of Morocco in the final last year.
An own goal by Jude Ebitogwa seven minutes into the second half settled the Group A top-of-the-table showdown between clubs who had already secured semi-finals places. Esperance have nine points with an away fixture against pointless bottom side ASO Chlef of Algeria to come in mid-September while Sunshine finished with six points.
Etoile Sahel of Tunisia were disqualified by the Confederation of African Football last Monday after supporters twice invaded the pitch in a home game against Esperance, and their previous results were cancelled.
Esperance face the Group B runners-up in the semi-finals and Sunshine the Group B winners with TP Mazembe from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Al Ahly of Egypt assured of qualifying, but first place is up for grabs. Mazembe can remain top of the table by winning at Berekum Chelsea of Ghana while any other result in Accra would allow Ahly to finish first if they defeat Zamalek in a Cairo derby.
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