UD Songo eliminated after being held at home

UD Songo eliminated after being held at home
Al Masry player Ahmed Abdelraof (L) in action against Renaissance Sportive de Berkane player Amin ElKess (R)

by Graeme Jackson

Sunday Aug 19, 2018. 17:30

UD Songo have been eliminated from CAF Confederation Cup quarterfinal contention after they were held 1-1 by Al Masry at the Ferroviario Stadium in Beira on Sunday.

The result leaves the Egyptian team at the top of Group B with nine points from five matches, while the Mozambicans are level with Al Hilal on three points and have been mathematically eliminated.

The other Group B match set for today sees Hilal host RS Berkane in Omdurman, with kick-off at 9pm CAT. If the Sudanese side fails to win, Masry and Berkane will be confirmed as quarterfinalists.

The first half was a cagey affair, with both teams managing just one shot on target each through the first 45 minutes, and neither goalkeeper – Pendula for UDS and Ahmed Masoud for Masry – was particularly troubled.

The second half continued in much the same vein and a goalless stalemate looked to be on the cards. However, Masry’s Mohamed Abdul-Latif Grindo struck in the 77th minute to put the Egyptian side 1-0 up.

The visitors’ lead lasted just five minutes, as UD Songo’s Jimmy Ukonde struck in the 82nd to make it 1-1 and ensure that they at least claimed a share of the spoils – even if it was not enough to save their hopes of advancing.

Group B will wrap up with two matches on August 29: RS Berkane will host UD Songo in Morocco, while Al Masry will welcome Al Hilal to Port Said.

UD Songo (0) 1 (Ukonde 82’)

Al Masry (0) 1 (Grindo 77’)

Songo: Pendula, Amorim, Nhantumbo, Tembe, Chirinda (Mutambe 35’), Banda, Kambala (King 68’), Mano, Ukonde, Pelembe (Momade 73’), Simamunda

Masry: Masoud, Shata, Koffi, Abdelmawgod, Gaber, Shawki, Eze, Moussa, Grindo, Eisa (Jebrin 90+2’), Wadi (Shoukri 70’)

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