DR Congo giants TP Mazembe
Friday May 16, 2014. 22:46
Al Hilal drew first blood on Friday night at home in Khartoum after beating four-time African champions TP Mazembe of DR Congo 1-0 in the two sides’ 2014 CAF Champions League Group A grudge match.
The result handed Al Hilal’s Brazilian-born coach coach Paulo Campos’ his competitive win and second on his watch over Mazembe since 2009 following his recent return for a second stint at the Sudanese giants.
Campos, who led Al Hilal to a shock 2-0 away win over Mazembe in Lubumbashi in the 2009 CAF Champions League semifinals, was reappointed two weeks ago following Tunisian coach Nasreddine Nabi's decision to step down from the job suddenly a fortnight ago after a year in charge.
Mazembe gave Al Hilal an early fright when Ghana midfielder Gladson Awako shot in the 15th minute was saved by A Hilal goalkeeper Jumma Ginaro.
The visitors too survived a first half scare in the 30th minute when Hilal defender Saifalden Ali header was saved by Robert Kidiaba.
Just before the end of the first half, Al Hilal suffered injury setbacks when Mohamed Ahmed Bashir and Saifalden limped off and were replaced by Simpo and Muhammad al Tahir.
Al Hilal secured the three points in the 65th minute when Bakri Abdelgadir cross was met by Salah Algozoli who headed the ball past Kidiaba.
The Sudanese head Group A on three points, ahead of Sunday’s final Group A fixture on match day one between AS Vita of DR Congo who host Zamalek of Egypt in Kinshasa.