Etoile aim to finish Rabat

Tunisia's Etoile Sahel can shake off their well-earned bridesmaid's tag with success in the African Confederation Cup when they host Morocco's Royal Armed Forces in the second leg of the final in Sousse tomorrow.

Tunisia's Etoile Sahel can shake off their well-earned bridesmaid's tag with success in the African Confederation Cup when they host Morocco's Royal Armed Forces in the second leg of the final in Sousse tomorrow.

A 1-1 draw away in the first leg on November 18 set up the Tunisian side for their first major triumph since they won the African Cup Winners' Cup in 2003.

Both last year and in 2004, Etoile finished as runners-up in the African Champions League final and in May finished second in the Tunisian league for the sixth successive season.

"We are in a good position although we expect Royal Armed Forces will be a tough opponent again," Etoile coach Faouzi Benzerti told reporters.

Etoile dominated the first leg in Rabat but an own goal from Mohamed Ali Nafkha in the last 20 minutes cost them the chance of an invaluable away win.

The Tunisians had taken the lead in the first half through Cape Verde international Ja, who is known as Gilson Silva in Tunisia.

The first leg draw ended a run of eight successive wins in this year's Confederation Cup for Etoile.

The Moroccan military side, coached by former Olympique Marseille goalkeeper Henri Stambouli, are seeking to defend the trophy they won last year after beating Nigerian club Dolphin FC in the final.

"Our chances are still intact," Stambouli told the Moroccan news agency, MAP. - Reuters

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