Smouha look to come back into quarterfinal contention

Smouha look to come back into quarterfinal contention
Smouha player Ayman Ashraf (L) in action against Recreativo Libolo player Ezequiel Juliao (L)during the African Champion League (CAF) Round of 16 match between Smouha vs Recreativo Libolo at Borg Al Arab Stadium in Alexandria , Egypt, 24 May 2017

by Graeme Jackson

Monday Jun 19, 2017. 11:30

Egyptian side Smouha SC will look to bring themselves back into CAF Confederation Cup quarterfinal contention when they travel to face Sudan’s Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid on Tuesday night.

The Group C clash at the Al-Ubayyid Stadium is set for kick-off at 22h00 CAT.

Coming into the clash the teams are level on four points apiece (trailing leaders Zesco United by two points), with Al-Hilal placed above Smouha thanks to a superior goal difference.

The teams met earlier this month in Alexandria, with Smouha claiming a first-half lead through a penalty from Ahmed Hassan Mekky, only to concede midway through the second stanza when Mahmoud Ezzat scored an own goal.

The 1-1 draw was a tougher result for the Egyptians to swallow, especially after they had beaten Recreativo do Libolo 2-0 in their first home match in the group.

Nonetheless, they will be targeting a win in Al-Ubayyid (it would be the first in the group) to put themselves back in the top two ahead of Matchday 5 and 6.

The other Group C clash sees Recreativo host Zesco in Calulo on Tuesday afternoon. Should the Angolans claim a win and this match between Smouha and Al-Ubayyid ends in a draw, just one point will cover the four teams in the pool.

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