Saint George and TP Mazembe win in the Confederation Cup

The African Confederation Cup trophy

Saint George are on the verge of becoming the first team from Ethiopia to reach the group stages of an African continental club competition.

The team from Addis Ababa beat visiting Egyptian side ENPPI 2-0 on Sunday in the first leg of their play-off match for the Confederation Cup group stages.

Shimeles Bekele opened the scoring for Saint George after just four minutes and Abebaw Butako added the second 22 minutes later.

Also on Sunday former African champions TP Mazembe had a comfortable 4-0 win over Mozambique's Liga Muculmana in Lubumbashi.

The expensively assembled Congolese side took the lead through Ghana international Richard Kissi Boateng in the 16th minute as he headed home a Tresor Mputu Mabi corner.

Then 10 minutes before half-time it was Zambia's Given Singuluma who headed home another corner from Mputu Mabi.

Eight minutes into the second half Tanzania's Mbwana Samatta fired home after a Solomon Asante's shot was only parried.

Another Zambian striker sealed the win as Nathan Sinkala converted an 80th minute penalty after Eric Bokanga hade been fouled.

Tunisia's CA Bizertin will also be confident of making through to the group stages of the tournament thanks to a 3-0 win over Egypt's Ismaili.

The hosts took the lead through a Kamel Zaiem free-kick in the 37th minute.

With a little over an hour played their lead was doubled by defender Ali Machani and Arbi Jabeur added what could be a crucial third goal in injury time for the Tunisians.

Ugonna Uzochukwu scored a late goal for Nigeria's Enugu Rangers as they beat visiting former winners CS Sfaxien 1-0.

Despite the pre-match hype Africa Cup of Nations winners Sunday Mba did not play for Rangers as he has left for a training camp in Germany with the Nigeria squad.

The Super Eagles are preparing for their upcoming 2014 World Cup qualifiers, the Confedertions Cup in Brazil and a friendly against Mexico.

On Saturday Stade Malien easily overcame Burundi's Lydia LB Academic of Burundi 5-0 in the first leg of their play-off match for the Confederation Cup group stages.

It would be the second year in succession that Stade Malien, who dropped down from the African Champions League, have qualified for the group stage of the Confederation Cup.

Last year Stade finished bottom of their group with just three points from their campaign, 10 points behind their compatriots Djoliba, who went onto finish as runners-up to AC Leopards of Congo-Brazzaville.

Former African Champions Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia will feel they have the advantage going into the second leg of their tie against JSM Bejaia after earning a 2-2 draw in Algeria.

Mohamed Derrag volleyed home for the hosts after 26 minutes but Aymen Belaid equalised for Etoile just 10 minutes later.

Etoile were happy to defend in the second half but paid the price after 59 minutes when a cross from Boukemacha Nassim was controlled by Nabil Ait Fergane on his chest and then fired home.

Bejaia's goalkeeper Djebarat Mohamed then made several good saves from efforts by Emmanuel Okwi among others.

But Etoile were to have the last word with Drame Michailou back-heeling the ball over the line in the 86th minute.

On Friday FUS Rabat were gifted a 1-0 win over city rivals FAR Rabat with defender Yassine El Kourdi scoring an own goal.

Newly crowned Algerian champions Entente Setif have a 2-0 lead over Gabon's US Bitam going into the second leg of their play-off.

Ogbi Benhadouche gave the hosts the lead four minutes before half-time before substitute Mohamed Amine Aoudia scored the second goal on the hour mark, both strikes came from free-kicks.

However Entente Setif, who are coached by former Togo boss Hubert Velud, will be without Farouk Belkaid for the return leg in Bitam after he was sent off in injury time for arguing with the referee.

Return matches are scheduled for the weekend of 31 May-2 June and the six-match group stage kicks off in mid-July.

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