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Al Hilal Al Sudany Club for Physical Education are competing in the group phase of the MTN CAF Champions League for the only the third time but are no strangers to the continents top club competition.
Al Hilal were runners-up in 1987 and 1992 in the final of the old format African Champions Cup, losing to Al Ahli of Egypt and Moroccos Wydad Casablanca respectively. In the new format of the competition, introduced in 1997, Al Hilal first qualified for the 2007 MTN Champions League.
The club usurped defending champions Al Ahli to finish top of their group standings and were narrowly beaten in the semifinals of the competition by eventual winners Etoile Sahel of Tunisia.
Last year, Al Hilal finished bottom of their group standings but were always in the running until the last round of group matches. Al Hilal hold the distinction of being one of only two clubs to have beaten Al Ahli at their home ground in Cairo in African club competition.
It was a feat achieved in 2004 when Al Hilal eliminated the Egyptian champions from the competition but then failed in the next round to make it to the group phase.
Al Hilal was founded by students from Gordon Memorial College in 1930 and have won 26 Sudan league titles and four Sudan Cups since. They were also runners up in the Arab Champions Cup in 203.
The club currently supplies 10 players to Sudans national squad, which has qualified for the 2008 MTN Africa Cup of Nations finals for the first time in more than 30 years. They are coached by Brazilian Paulo Campos.
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