El Merreikh face FC Schalke 04 in Qatar

El Merreikh face FC Schalke 04 in Qatar
An El merreikh player (L) out paced during a game against Bayern Munich last year.

by Andrew Oryada

Wednesday Jan 14, 2015. 13:15

Sudanese giant side El Merreikh will face Germany Bundesliga side, FC Schalke 04 in an International friendly on Wednesday night
El Merreikh under new coach Diego Garzitto will use the match as a build-up ahead of the start of the 2015 Sudane Premeir League and the CAF Champions League preliminary round.

The club board announced last month that an agent offered them to play two friendly matches against FC Schalke 04 and French Champions Paris Saint-Germain while in Doha.

El Merreikh who finished second in the Sudan League last season camped for 12 days in Cairo, Egypt before moving to Doha. Ugandan goalkeeper Jamal Salim Magoola and Kenya national team striker Allan Wanga are also part of the El Merreikh team set to feature against Roberto Di Matteo’s side.

The former Sudan League champions Merreikh will face Tanzanian champions Azam FC in the first round preliminaries of the CAF Champions League next month and take on El Fasher in the opening fixture of the Sudanese Premier League on January 27.

Early last year El Merreikh lost to Germany Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich 2-0 in a build-up match played in Doha. Julian Green and Claudio Pizarro scored the goals for Bayern Munich.

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