CAFCL: Sudan’s Al Hilal Beat Contonsports To Dent Their Quarterfinals Hopes


Al Hilal of Sudan defeated Cameroon’s Contonsports 2-0 on Tuesday evening in Omdurman to go top of Group B in the ongoing TotalEnergies CAF Champions league.

The Sudanese giants handed the Cameroonians their fourth straight defeat, essentially ending their hopes of making it to the knockout phases.

Cotonsport are bottom with zero points and two matches left in the group.

Hilal meanwhile moved top with nine points from three straight victories, pending results from Mamelodi Sundowns against record champions holders Al Ahly next weekend.

Hilal who have been in good form so far this season scored in either half via David Abagna and Makabi Lilepo’s penalty.

They broke the deadlock three minutes to halftime when Ghanaian Abagna swept home from inside the box after a good team move saw skipper Abdelrahman Yousif Yagoub put him through on goal.

Hilal went deservedly into the lead, having dominated the chances and possession. They had an early chance when Walieldin Khidir dragged a shot just wide from the edge of the area, with Lilepo also having a chance with a shot from range which flashed just wide.

Lilepo had another golden opportunity when Imoro Ibrahim played him through with a cross, but his connection went wide.

Cotonsport’s best chance of the half was off Patient Gouegoue Wassou who curled an effort over the bar from inside the box after they broke on the counter, Brice Eboudje playing him through.

They also had another opportunity when keeper Ali Abou Achrine punched away a freekick from Ibrahim Abba. The custodian had been punished after handling the ball outside the box.

Cotonsport were better in the second half and had some chances to score with Abba coming closest with a header from close range that was well saved by Achrine. They continued piling pressure, but couldn’t connect well in the final third.

The hosts sealed the game with eight minutes left when Lilepo scored a sublime penalty after substitute John Robia was hacked inside the box by Veraloh McGregor.

It was the last nail on Cotonsport’s coffin, and they will now play the final two matches of the group to save face, with their qualification hopes up in smoke


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