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Hilal, Marreikh draw tough group in the ACL

The draw for the round of 16 of the African Champions League resulted in the Sudanese clubs al-Hilal and al-Marreikh being drawn against Al-Ahly of Egypt, the defending champions, and South Africa’s Sundowns.

AlTaghyeer: Agencies

The draw was held on Tuesday, at the headquarters of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Despite the fact that al-Ahly had earlier faced the two giants of Sudanese football, CAF announced before the draw, that the two teams were prohibited from playing in their stadiums in Khartoum for not meeting its criteria.

Six clubs were banned from playing on their stadiums in the Champions League, among which are Sudanese Al-Hilal and Al-Merreikh, Algerian ES Setif and Belouizdad, Tunisian Etoile du Sahel, and Sprinza of Angola.

Al-Marikh will starts its campaign against Al-Ahly in Cairo next February, while the Egyptian team will conclude its campaign against al-Hilal in Cairo as well, waiting for the management of the two Sudanese clubs to determine the new stadiums to host their AFCON matches.

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