3 factors caused Al Hilal of Sudan to exit the African Champions League

The Sudanese club Al Hilal bid farewell to the tournament African Champions League Football Club from the group stage after losing to the club Esperance Tunis With a clean goal in the match that was held last Saturday evening at the “Hammadi Al-Aqrabi” stadium in Rades, as part of the sixth and final round of competitions.

Al Hilal Club was affected by a number of factors during the continental competition, which caused it to occupy third place in the third group competitions with only 5 points, which it achieved by winning once and drawing on two occasions, thus exiting the group stage for the second time in a row, despite the fact that the companions of the Sudanese international star Mohamed Abdul Rahman, they were closer to qualifying.

The Sudanese league stopped

The Al Hilal squad faced many problems during the African Champions League competitions, due to the suspension of the Sudanese football league since mid-April 2023, following the outbreak of clashes between the army and the Rapid Support Forces, and the Congolese coach, Florent Abiengye, had to rely only on playing… Friendly matches were held throughout this period in order to prepare for the continental competition matches, as well as the readiness of some international players who participate with their national teams in official matches to reach readiness.

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Change the stadium 3 times in one season

The second factor that affected the Al Hilal club battalion was receiving competitors outside Sudan, but they moved between 3 stadiums in the African continent, starting with facing the Angolan First August team in the preliminary round at Al-Abdi Stadium in El Jadida, Morocco, and then changing the stadium again to meet the two Esperance teams. And Tunisian club Etoile du Sahel, in the second and fourth rounds of the group stage, by choosing Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in the Tanzanian capital, Dar es Salaam, before hosting Angolan club Petro Atletico at Benina Martyrs Stadium in the Libyan city of Benghazi.

Defensive errors deprive Al Hilal of Etoile du Sahel’s points

The defensive errors of coach Florent Abinghe’s squad were very influential in the competition, especially in the two matches between the Tunisian club Etoile du Sahel, back and forth, as the Sudanese club was tied without goals in the first match, which was hosted by the “Hammadi Al-Aqrabi Stadium” in Brades, before conceding a goal in a strange way, scored by the player. Cameroonian Jacques Mbey in the last moments, then the matter was repeated in the return match after Al Hilal missed the victory, after receiving the “killer” equalizer in stoppage time, thus losing 4 points, which would have allowed the team to continue the competition before facing the Angolan team Petro Atletico in the round. Fifth and Esperance Club in the sixth and final round.

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