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 MATCH PREVIEW: AL-HILAL VS AKWA UNITED FC
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We are back again...

An emotional second leg victory over Al-Ittihad on penalties which ended 3-2, ensuring our qualification to the next round of the competition, with superb hat trick penalty saves from our No. 1 shot stopper in an unforgettable CAF night at the Nest of Champions. Ensure we return to action against Al-Hilal of Sudan on Sunday 08/04/2018 at the 62,000 capacity stadium, time 8:00pm.

The team will hope to get back to winning ways, after some disappointing result in the league.

What does the Manager say about the game?

The Manager on a chat with the media department of the club said; "We have prepared very well for this match, our opponents are a good team and we know it's not going to be an easy game. I know this team because when Enyimba beat them here in Sudan some years ago I was the assistant coach".

Stressing the readiness of his players on the match, he added "We have committed professional players that can deliver at any time. We all know the importance of this game to us as a football club and to our country. That is the reason we want to ensure we get a positive result here in Sudan on Sunday".

With a great experience on this competition, Abdu Maikaba highlights the importance of getting a first leg advantage. He continued by saying "Although the playoff is a two legged affair, we want to gain all the advantages we can get that will help put us in pole position for the next round".

Al-Hilal history

The name Hilal is the Arabic word for crescent - a name chosen on a night when the crescent of the moon was visible in Omdurman. Also it is the first club in the world to be named (AL-HILAL).

The story goes that the club founders had been unable to agree upon a name for the proposed club when the meeting was temporarily adjourned at dusk for the evening prayers at a nearby mosque. After prayers and en route back to the meeting house, one of the founders, Adam Rajab, is said to have looked up at the night sky, saw a crescent ("Hilal" in Arabic), and remarking that it was the crescent of the Muslim lunar month of Rajab, asked the others "why not we name it Al-Hilal?". Everyone welcomed the idea, and on 4 March 1930 Al-Hilal became the official name of the club and the first to hold this name in Sudan and the Middle East.

The Sudan Premier League Champions has been very successful in CAF tournament. Since making their first appearance in 1966, Al-Hilal has made 40 appearances in all CAF competition.

After losing the first leg of CAF Champions League knock out round to Togo Port, the second leg ended 3-1 in favour of Togo Port on away goal advantage. The result ended their CAF Champions League dream, giving them another opportunity in CAF Confederation Cup.

Mohamed Eltayeb will be the man on the dug out for this encounter, after the club announce they have parted ways with the Brazilian Sergio Farias.

Experience will count again...

We hope the experience of both players and the coaches on the competition will count. With the progress made so far by knocking out the likes of Hawks fc and Al-Ittihad, the team need to take advantage of the away goal rule as stressed by the Manager during his chat with the media department.

Great job is required to ensure that we do not end our CAF Confederation Cup dream in the competition on first leg. With the freshness of the team, the fans at home will hope the Promise Keepers will make us proud has the Coach had promised.

Players to watch:

After serving suspension for a straight red card against Nasarawa United, Ubong Friday UF7 may return to action again on Sunday at the Al-Hilal stadium.

The winger possesses a threat from set pieces, dribbling, scoring goals and assisting our target man to score as well as threatening defenders with his pace and skills. UF7 has been on a fine form this season, his freshness will be great boost to the Promise Keepers.

Aniekeme and Ojo the outstanding players in the last round, will be another player to watch, with their current form in the competition so far.

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