Medeama stun Belouizdad as Al Hilal dominate four-time champions Esperance


CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Medeama stun Belouizdad as Al Hilal dominate four-time champions Esperance

Festus Chuma 10:30 - 02.12.2023

Medeama FC's stunning win and Al Hilal's dominance in CAF Champions League matches create electrifying moments in African football.

The 2023/2024 CAF Champions League group stages resumed with a bang as Friday's Match Day 2 fixtures delivered intense drama and unforgettable moments.

In two riveting clashes, Medeama FC faced CR Belouizdad in Ghana, while Al Hilal took on ES Tunis in Sudan, leaving fans on the edge of their seats.

In Group D, Medeama FC of Ghana was determined to bounce back from their previous weekend's disappointment against Al Ahly.

The Mauve and Yellow faced a tough challenge in Algeria's CR Belouizdad, who were riding high after a convincing 3-0 victory over Young Africans.

The Algerians struck first, courtesy of a 39th-minute penalty converted by Abdelraouf Benguit.

Despite this setback, the Ghanaians continued to press forward, fueled by their home support. Their resilience paid off just before halftime when Daniel Lomotey found the equalizer in the 45th minute.

As the match seemed destined for a draw, Mamudu Kamaradin emerged as the hero in referee's additional time, netting the winning goal to secure a thrilling 2-1 victory for the hosts.

In Sudan, Al Hilal showcased their prowess by temporarily taking the top spot in Group C with an impressive 3-1 victory over ES Tunis in a simultaneous fixture.

The hosts wasted no time, taking the lead in the 8th minute with the help of an own goal by Yassine Meriah.

Mohamed Abdelrahman extended the lead in the 15th minute through a penalty, putting ES Tunis on the back foot.

Despite a glimmer of hope for the Tunisians when Kebba Sowe scored in the 59th minute, their dreams of a comeback were shattered by Pape N'Diaye's 78th-minute goal. T

The result has thrown Group C wide open, with ES Sahel preparing to host Petro de Luanda in a highly anticipated match on Saturday evening.

The group is now in a state of flux, making it anyone's game as teams vie for a spot in the knockout stages.

The excitement continues on Saturday, December 2, with six riveting matches set to captivate football fans across the continent.

Five-time champions TP Mazembe are poised to welcome African Football League champions Mamelodi Sundowns in Lumbubashi, a clash that promises fireworks and a battle for supremacy.

In other fixtures, Jwaneng Galaxy of Botswana will go head-to-head with Tanzanian giants Simba SC, while Young Africans will play host to record African champions Al Ahly of Egypt in Dar es Salaam, a match that has fans eagerly anticipating a classic encounter.

Mauritania's Nouadhibou will face Pyramids, providing an intriguing matchup, and ES Sahel will lock horns with Petro de Luanda in a fixture that could potentially reshape the group dynamics. Asec Mimosas will welcome Morocco's Wydad AC, setting the stage for a clash of titans and a battle for supremacy.

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