2015 Confederation Cup: Etoile win group match in Sousse

Al Ahly celebrate winning the 2014 Confederation Cup

Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia defeated Mali's Stade Malien 1-0 in the African Confederation Cup this weekend at a stadium near the beach where at least 38 tourists were killed on Friday.

The seaside shootings occurred 15 kilometres north of Stade Olympique in the Mediterranean resort Sousse.

A few hours after the attack, Baghdad Bounedjah ended his stay at Etoile ahead of his move to a Qatari club by scoring the winner in the Group A match midway through the second half.

He will be sorely missed, having contributed four of the eight goals scored by 2006 Confederation Cup winners Etoile in the second-tier competition this season.

Guinean Alkhaly Bangoura delivered the cross that Algerian Bounedjah nodded past Djigui Diarra to score.

A string of saves by Diarra prevented a heavier defeat for Stade, who lifted the Confederation Cup six years ago.

Diarra had rushed to Tunisia from New Zealand, where he helped Mali finish third in the Fifa Under-20 World Cup.

Malien were dealt a blow 10 minutes from time when Idrissa Traore was sent off.

In the other match involving a Tunisian club over the weekend saw Esperance lost 3-0 at defending champions Al Ahly of Egypt.

Abdallah Said grabbed a brace before Moamen Zakaria scored a third an injury time at the end of the match.

South Africans Orlando Pirates and Egyptians Zamalek both made winning Group B debuts with single-goal victories.

Pirates triumphed 1-0 away to Congolese AC Leopards on a hard, bumpy Dolisie pitch, thanks to a second-half Happy Jele goal.

Leopards fluffed the clearance of a loose ball just before the hour mark, and Jele pounced to beat Chancel Massa and score.

Brighton Mhlongo, who took over as goalkeeper when Pirates captain Senzo Meyiwa was murdered in Johannesburg last October, made several superb reflex saves.

There was also a 1-0 win for Zamalek as they beat Tunisians CS Sfaxien in Cairo.

Burkinabe Abdoulaye Cisse scored a minute from time to earn the dominant hosts the victory.

Record three-time Confederation Cup winners Sfaxien were outplayed and a dribble and back-flick by Ayman Hefny and an Omar Gaber cross set up Cisse to nod past Rami Jeridi.

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