Hilal held by Mazembe; Mosimane questions fan attendance

Hilal held by Mazembe; Mosimane questions fan attendance
Al Ahly's head coach Pitso Mosimane

by Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Feb 24, 2021. 17:22

The midweek CAF Champions League action wrapped up on Wednesday afternoon with TP Mazembe holding Al Hilal 0-0 in a Group B clash in Omdurman, as both sides continued their slow starts to this phase of the competition.

The result leaves the Ravens in second place on the log on two points – one behind leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, who will play third-placed Algeria’s CR Belouizdad in a catch-up fixture this weekend – while Hilal are placed fourth with one point.

Chances were few and far between, though Mazembe’s Ibrahim Mounkoro was definitely the busier of the two goalkeepers and the DR Congo side also ended the match with 10 men following the late dismissal of Cedric Zemba Ikoung.

The teams will return to Champions League action on the first weekend of March, with Al Hilal visiting Algeria’s CR Belouizdad and TP Mazembe hosting Mamelodi Sundowns.

While Wednesday’s result in Omdurman completed the midweek fixtures in the Champions League, the reaction to Tuesday’s drama – especially Simba’s win over Al Ahly in Dar es Salaam – rumbles on.

Ahly manager Pitso Mosimane has taken the defeat on the chin, but remains sceptical over why the Confederation of African Football allowed approximately 30,000 fans at the venue at a time when the Covid-19 pandemic continues to affect the globe.

“We still have four remaining games in the group stage, and we will fight to reach the next round,” the Red Devils boss told his club’s official website.

“We aimed to dominate the possession in today’s game, but we missed several chances in the first half, and in these games, we have to take all of our chances.

“We have to be professional after any loss, but the game could be held in better circumstances. I am a professional coach and I have no comments on the fans’ attendance as it was the CAF’s decision, but what happened today did not happen in any place in the world.”

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