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CS Sfaxien v Tusker Match Report, 05/12/2021

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A. Harzi (35)
Stade Taïeb Mhiri
CS Sfaxien 1-0 Tusker: Brewers bow out of Caf Confederation Cup
22:34 EAT 05/12/2021
Tusker vs CS Sfaxien.
The rivals had registered a 0-0 draw in the first leg before the Tunisian outfit claimed a slim win in the return leg

Tusker have bowed out of the Caf Confederation Cup after a 1-0 loss to CS Sfaxien in a play-off encounter played on Sunday at Taieb Mhiri Stadium.

Aymen Harzi scored from the penalty spot in the first half to give his side the win on home soil that pushed them to the group stage of the competition.

Tusker - who dropped from the Champions League after losses to Zamalek SC of Egypt - won a freekick in an advantageous position in the sixth minute when Jackson Macharia was brought down, but Boniface Muchiri could not beat the wall with his delivery. 

Another chance for the Kenyan league champions came in the 12th minute when Macharia received a well-taken throw-in by Daniel Sakari, but the midfielder's attempted volley was parried away by the home side's goalkeeper before the defence cleared the danger completely. 

Sfaxien's first clear attempt on Tusker's goal came in the 19th minute when Ghaith Maaroufi powerfully shot at goal, but Eugene Asike stood in its way to block the goal-bound ball, and the home side consequently won a corner that was eventually collected by Brewers goalkeeper Brian Bwire. 

Sfaxien's failed to deal with Sakari's throw-in in the 25th minute, and that gave Charles Momanyi a chance to aim his shot at goal from inside the box, but the former Gor Mahia defender ended up shooting wide. 

Abdallah Amri could not find the back of the net in the 28th minute when he collected a rebound from Bwire's clearance from a corner as Sfaxien dominated the showdown towards the end of the first half.  

The home side won a penalty in the 36th minute when Maaroufi was brought down, and the spot-kick was successfully converted by Harzi. 

Mohamed Salih could have doubled Sfaxien's lead in the 48th minute, but he curled his effort wide from close range.

Four minutes after the hour mark, Momanyi made a vital block to deny Salih a chance to score a few yards from the goalline. 

Tusker looked more confident despite trailing, and in the 70th minute, Muchiri came close to getting an equaliser, but his effort flew over the bar while inside the box.

Coach Robert Matano made two changes in the 75th minute with the introduction of Shami Kibwana and Teddy Osok and the withdrawal of Humphrey Mieno and Jackson Macharia. 

Bwire saved his side again from conceding the second one when he blocked Salih in the 76th minute from a one-on-one situation before Tusker's Kalos Kirenge was sent off with four minutes remaining after a second bookable offence.  

The 12-time Kenyan Premier League champions - who failed to get a maiden ticket to the group stage - kept pushing but were unable to get at least an equaliser.