2018 CAF Champions League: LISCR FC vs. Al-Hilal of Sudan

first_imgLISCR Captain Daniel Woto appreciating fans after his team’s qualification to the finals of the FA Cup (Photo Credit: T Kla Wesley)LISCR FC have been drawn against Sudan’s most successful football club, Al-Hilal, in the preliminary rounds of the 2018 CAF Champions League. Both teams were paired yesterday during the draw held at the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.Al-Hilal, 25 times Sudan Premier League winners, will travel to Liberia for the first leg that will begin on 9-11 February and later host LISCR in the return leg in Omdurman, Khartoum State.LISCR will be returning to the annual CAF tournament since they last appeared in 2013 during the 49th edition, which was their second consecutive appearance. The ‘Shipping Boys’ failed to cross the preliminary round in their two appearances.This is the first time both teams will be clashing in the continental competition.In 2012 LISCR were thrashed 5-0 by BereKum Chelsea of Ghana following a 2-0 and 3-0 away and home victories. Later in 2013, Cameroonian side Union Douala became the stumbling block for LISCR after defeating the Liberian champions 3-1 on aggregate.However, LISCR’s opponents Al-Hilal have more experience in the tournament. Next year’s edition will mark the Sudanese club’s 31st appearance. Recently in the 53rd edition, the Sudanese club nicknamed ‘Seed al-balad’ (The Leader of the Country), finished in the group stage as one of the top 16 clubs after finishing at the bottom of Group A having accumulated 4 points out of 6 games.The 1992 losing finalists have reached two finals, five semifinals and made 8 appearances in the CAF Confederation Cup. Al-Hilal emerged as 2017 champions of the Sudanese Premiere League to reach a record 26th league title.The winner from LISCR’s match will go against the winner of the Athletic Club Léopards of the Republic of Congo and AS Togo-Port of Togo match in the first round.During yesterday’s draw Mamelodi Sundowns, Al Ahly, Wydad Casablanca, 2017 CAF Confederation Champions TP Mazembe and 2007 winners Etoile du Sahel were exempted from the preliminary rounds after given a bye into the first round slated for March.Twenty-seven (27) teams will qualify for the first round and will be joined by the five teams given a bye in the first round.2018 CAF Confederation Cup: ELWA United Get AS Onze Créateurs de Niaréla of MaliLiberia’s representative to the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup ELWA UnitedIn the CAF Confederation Cup draw, Liberia’s representative ELWA United, were paired against Malian side AS Onze Créateurs de Niaréla in the preliminary rounds of Africa’s secondary club football competition.ELWA United became Liberia’s next representative to the CAF secondary club competition after reaching the final of the domestic FA Cup against LISCR who had already won the championship-booking their slot to represent Liberia in the CAF Champions League.Liberia was this year represented in the Confederation Cup by Monrovia Club Breweries who were shockingly defeated 3-0 away to J.S Kabylie in Algeria. Breweries won the first leg 2-0 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

E-Kiosks at Indian Airports to Ensure Speedy Immigration Clearance for Foreigners

first_imgThe Indian government is planning to install special automated kiosks at airports to enable foreign travelers who are included in the low risk category to undergo quicker immigration checks, PTI reported. These kiosks, expected to be set up by January 2019, will help the foreign travelers to complete the identity verification process in seconds, the report quoted officials as saying.Low-risk travelers from some select countries will be able to enter India without having to stand in long queues at immigration counters once the e-kiosks are put up. Low-risk travelers are those who don’t have any criminal or financial cases against them.The entire process is expected to be completed within a matter of a minute when a traveler comes to any e-Gate kiosk. The electronic gates will be installed at the arrival wing of international airports, and the foreign travelers can present their machine-readable passports, following which they can place their fingerprints on the scanner for verification and complete a customs declaration, the report added.Human intervention will not be required during the process as e-cameras will help in clearing the travelers, a home ministry official was quoted as saying by the news agency. The travelers can then head to the baggage claim area and then exit from the airport.“Initially, we are planning to roll out the service only to the low-risk travelers of a select few countries,” the report quoted an official as saying. This plan could be modeled on the Global Entry program of the United States, which permits low-risk citizens hailing from 12 nations, including India, to go through such a smooth process.The foreigners’ division of the India Ministry of Home Affairs is currently working on the logistics of the plan before it is formally launched later this year, the report added. A final decision is yet to be taken regarding the citizens who would be given this facility.The Ministry of Home Affairs has also launched an online Event Clearance System for granting security clearance to foreigners who want to attend conferences, seminars or workshops organized in the country. Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched the e-FRRO scheme on April 13, according to which foreigners visiting India will no longer be required to visit the Foreigners Registration Office (FRO) for services associated with visa. These services will now be offered to them online via the web-based application e-FRRO (e-Foreigners Regional Registration Office) platform. Related ItemsAviationTourismlast_img read more