CAF: Enyimba crash, Rangers advance

Sudan’s giants Al Hilal returned to the Total CAF Champions League group stage for the first time since 2017 after defeating Nigeria’s Enyimba 1-0 at Al Hilal stadium in Omdurman on Sunday evening.

They qualified with the same aggregate result after forcing an away barren draw in Aba a fortnight ago.

Midfielder Mohamed Moussa Dai scored three minutes after the break to give The Blue Waves a famous win over two times African champions Enyimba, and the Sudanese remained solid to hold on that advantage till the final whistle, amidst wild celebrations from their supporters who filled the stands.

Al Hilal will wait to know their group stage opponents in the draw scheduled on October 9 in Cairo, while Enyimba shift their attention to the second tier CAF Confederation Cup playoff round, where they will face one of the first round winners with a place in the group stage at stake.

Also, Enugu Rangers on Sunday beat the visiting AS Pelican of Gabon 3-1 to advance to the next stage of the CAF Confederation Cup on 4-3 aggregate.

The visitors team had beaten Rangers 2-1 on their home ground.

The Gabonese players first opened the score in the fifth minute but Rangers equalised before the break.

Striker Ifeanyi George grabbed the curtain raiser for the Flying Antelope with a powerful header in the 17th minute.

The former Nigerian champions netted a second in the 52nd minute through NnamdiOgbejuo, before OlawoyinOlasokanmi sealed the emphatic win with the third goal four minutes later.