Egypt's Ismaily wave goodbye to Confederation Cup

Ahram Online, Sunday 2 Jun 2013

Egypt left with no representatives in the group stage of Africa's secondary club competition after Ismaily were eliminated at the hands of Tunisia's Bizertin despite claiming a 1-0 win on Sunday

Egypt's Ismaily exit Confederation Cup (Photo: Ismaily's official Facebook page)

Ismaily became the second Egyptian team to exit the African Confederation Cup on Sunday as a 1-0 home win over Tunisia's Bizertin was not enough to lift them to the competition's group stage.

Midfielder Ahmed Khairy sent a powerful header into the back of the net following a corner three minutes before the break but Bizertin reached the next round with a 3-1 aggregate win, having crushed the Dervishes 3-0 in the first leg two weeks ago.

Ismaily were unlucky not to add to their tally in a first half they dominated, sending some close-range efforts just wide of the post. Chances were few and far between in a dour second period as Bizertin held on to heap more misery on Egyptian sides.

Earlier in the day, a spirited comeback from ENPPI saw them beat Ethiopia's Saint George 3-1 but they exited Africa's secondary club competition on the away-goal rule following a 3-3 aggregate draw.

The Confederation Cup has eluded Egyptian clubs since it was introduced in 2004 by merging the African Cup Winners' Cup and the CAF Cup in a single competition.

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