Defending CAF Champions League champions ES Sétif were left frustrated as Al Merreikh held them to a 1-1 draw at Stade du 8 mai 1945 on Saturday evening.
The Black Eagles were wasteful throughout the 90 and remain outside the semifinal places after three rounds of fixtures, trailing Group B leaders and Algerian rivals USM Alger by five points.
The Sudanese team applied the early pressure, but it would be the Black Eagles to open the scoring.
Last year's champions breaking the duck through Abdelmalek Ziaya easy finish in the 16th minute of the game. .
Their lead wouldn't last long with Nigerian midfielder Solomon Jabason pulling the side's level nine minutes later with a powerful header.
Both teams would have their chances to secure maximum points in the second stanza with Bakri Almadina denied by the heroics of Abderaouf Belhani.
Setif should've wrapped up the game late on, but Said Arroussi failed to hit the target with the goal at his mercy.
The reverse fixture is set for Omdurman in two weeks time.