2013 CAF Champions league: 2 more semi-finalists to emerge Sunday

Two more semi-finalists will emerge Sunday from Group A fixtures of the 2013 Champions league when Orlando Pirates of South Africa host Al Ahly of Egypt and the other Egyptian club in the competition, Zamalek, takes on AC Leopards of Congo.

The matches, in the final group fixtures (Match Day 6), will throw up two teams who will join Esperance of Tunisia, winners of Group B, and Runners-up Coton Sport of Cameroon in the two-leg semi-finals. The first-leg semi-final will take place 4-6 October and the second leg two weeks later (18-20 October).

Both Esperance and Coton Sport had already booked semi-final slots even before Saturday’s encounters between the two which the Tunisian side won 2-1 away.

While the scoreline did not matter to them, it took Esperance’s total tally to 15 points from six matches while Coton Sport qualified with eight points.

The other two teams in Group B — Sewe Sport of Cote d’Ivoire and and Recreativo do Libobo of Angola — tied 2-2 on Saturday to end their campaign on 5 points apiece and were eliminated.

According to the rules governing the competition, the Group winners will play away in the semi-final first leg and host the second leg.

This means that Esperance will first play away against Group A Runners-up while Coton Sport will first host Group A winners.

Here is Group B table at the end of the group matches:-

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Espérance, Tunisia 6 5 0 1 9 4 +5 15
Coton Sport, Cameroon 6 2 2 2 5 6 −1 8
Séwé Sport, Cote d’Ivoire 6 1 2 3 5 6 −1 5
Recreativo do Libolo, Angola 6 1 2 3 8 11 −3 5

Organizers CAF will give cash awards to all eight clubs according to their performances from the group level to the finals as follows:-

Winners — US$ 1,500,000.
Runners-up — US$ 1,000,000
2 Semi-finalists — US$ 700,000 each.
3rd in each group — US$ 500,000.
4th in each group — US$ 400,000

This means that Group B third-place finishers, Sewe Sport, will earn US$ 500,000 while bottom-of-the-table finishers Recreativo do Libolo of Angola, will take home US$ 400,000.

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