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ES Setif give AmaZulu’s CAF Champions League quarter-final hopes a knock

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ES Setif captain Akram Djahnit celebrates scoring during their CAF Champions League match against Amazulu. Picture: BackpagePix

ES Setif made up for the 1-0 loss they suffered against AmaZulu in South Africa a fortnight ago, enhancing their chances of making it into the quarter-finals.

Johannesburg – Algeria’s ES Setif slipped into the second spot in Group B of the CAF Champions League after a 2-0 victory over South African rookies AmaZulu in Algiers on Saturday evening.

Setif made up for the 1-0 loss they suffered against AmaZulu in South Africa a fortnight ago to move to six points, enhancing their chances of making it into the quarter-finals.

Group B remains wide open with two matches left to play after Horoya’s 2-1 victory at home over Raja Club Athletic earlier in the day handed them a lifeline as they moved to three points.

Setif picked the cue and clinched three vital points courtesy of first-half goals from Riad Benayad and Akram Djahnit.

The home side were off to a hunt from the word ‘go’ and broke the deadlock after 10 minutes. Benayad zoomed into the box after picking a delightful through ball from Ahmed Kendouci before slamming the ball home.

In the 24th minute, Benayad almost grabbed his second of the evening. After playing a one-two with Zoubir Motrani, his shot was blocked by AmaZulu goalkeeper Veli Mothwa.

Amazulu struggled to create chances and had two sniffs at goal in the opening exchanges. Keegan Buchanan struck a freekick towards Thambela Sikhakhane at the back post, but the defender could not connect on target.

In the 36th minute, Luvuyo Memela attempted his luck with a set-piece from range, but he lifted it a few inches over the bar.

The home side doubled their tally on the stroke of halftime when Djahnit finished off neatly inside the box after some quick change of passes with Benayad.

In the second half, AmaZulu piled the pressure, but once again, their performance in the final third let them down. In the 64th minute, they came close when a cross from Augustine Mulenga found the path of Tapelo Xoki, but the midfielder headed wide.

Towards the end, it was Setif who had more chances, and keeper Mothwa had to make two fine saves, denying Abdelhak Debbari’s shot inside the box before also putting away Benayad’s attempt at a brace.

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