Monday Sep 28, 2015. 10:41
The prospect of an all-Sudanese final in the CAF Champions League looks unlikely after this weekend’s semifinal, first leg results.
Both matches were played in Omdurman, with Al Merreikh hosting DR Congo’s TP Mazembe, while Al Hilal welcomed USMA of Algeria.
The first clash on Saturday saw Al Merreikh defeat Mazembe 2-1 thanks to goals from Francis Coffie and Bakri Babeker, but Thomas Ulimwengu’s away goal means the Ravens will be confident of turning the tie around in the return match set for Sunday afternoon in Lubumbashi.
Read: Al Merreikh cling to narrow lead against Mazembe
Sunday’s second semifinal first leg match saw Al Hilal outplay USM Alger, but the visitors managed a 2-1 away win thanks to goals from Mohamed Amine Aoudia and Karim Baiteche, as well as a superb goalkeeping performance from Mohamed Lamine Zemmamouche.
Read: Zemmamouche the hero as USM Alger stun Al Hilal
With a 2-1 away lead in the bag, the Algerians are heavily favoured to complete an aggregate victory when they host the return match at Stade Omar Hamadi on Saturday night.
The two winners will meet in the final, which is scheduled to be played over the weekends of October 30 to November 1 and November 6-8.
CAF Champions League semifinal, first leg results:
Saturday 26 September 2015
Al Merreikh 2 (Coffie 41’, Babeker 80’) TP Mazembe 1 (Ulimwengu 77’)
Saturday 27 September 2015
Al Hilal 1 (El Tahir 2’) USM Alger 2 (Aoudia 13’, Baiteche 67’)
CAF Champions League semifinal, second leg fixtures:
Saturday 3 October 2015
USM Alger v Al Hilal – 22h30 CAT at Stade Omar Hamadi
Sunday 4 October 2015
TP Mazembe v Al Merreikh – 15h30 CAT at Stade TP Mazembe