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

Eoin Morgan proves his importance while seamers remain the final puzzle

first_imgShare on Twitter While England already know their best World Cup batting group, a disappointment for Morgan and his head coach, Trevor Bayliss, was that none of the fringe seamers truly grabbed their chance. Conditions and lack of match action were factors, admittedly. But there are now only five ODIs remaining before the provisional squad is named on 23 April and beyond Chris Woakes (typically slick with the new ball) and Liam Plunkett (a favourite of Morgan, albeit rusty after his late arrival on tour) things are not much clearer. Tom Curran appears to relish tight situations but does he have enough quality up front? Olly Stone caught the eye with his pace but took one wicket in 16 overs and is light on experience, while Mark Wood and Sam Curran were both knocked about a bit during their one-off appearances. David Willey, ready to return after ending a solid summer with a back injury, will likely replace the latter come the Caribbean but overall, seam bowling is the final squeaky cog in what is an otherwise well-oiled machine.Confident Rashid on song The true challenge on tour may yet be to come in the Test series but the value of Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali to the one-day attack is unquestionable, such that Morgan now happily describes them as “our best two bowlers” without qualifying this assertion. As regards Rashid, it had previously been said that it was a case of his wicket-taking ability mitigating some profligacy runs-wise. But here the leg-spinner was second only to Woakes in terms of economy rate while remaining a constant threat. His googly should be well known to opponents by now but still it deceives, in part because it is deployed more thoughtfully. Fittingly, Rashid’s body language is unwaveringly confident at present.Football is going nowhere Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Cricket Women’s cricket to stand on its own feet at milestone World Twenty20 Read more Reuse this content Sri Lanka cricket team Jonny Bairstow’s twisted ankle gave rise to suggestions that football, as a pre-training warm-up, should be parked. But Morgan and Bayliss are having none of it (even if the latter doesn’t quite get this English obsession). During the three years since it returned to the daily routine, Bairstow is the sole player injured. And with tackling banned, the fact is his slip could easily have occurred when turning during shuttle runs or something equally innocuous. The squad are borderline obsessed with the game and this tour has seen the ante upped by a fantasy scoring system in which individuals are assigned transfer values. The coaches may still have to rein in some over-enthusiasm at times but as a source of camaraderie, the benefits continue to outweigh the risk.Don’t play in Sri Lanka in October The sight of the blue tarpaulin covers spread over the various outfields became pretty tedious, with all five matches affected by the monsoon rains. The England management reckoned more time was spent training than playing during the series, hence the final selection was as much about getting players such as Buttler and Ben Stokes more time in the middle. Granted there was an element of misfortune, with dry days in between matches, but there is a reason Sri Lanka rarely play at home in October. The ECB’s statement about the packed global schedule did not cut it, frankly. Boards chasing broadcast revenues create this situation, it is not handed down from above. And if you are going to chance your luck, at least have the common sense and flexibility to notice that the storms tend to arrive later in the day and switch all five games to morning starts. Share on LinkedIn Seam bowling is still a problem Since you’re here… Topics England in Sri Lanka 2018 Read more England cricket team features The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. Share on Messenger The importance of MorganEoin Morgan began the tour by saying he would be prepared to drop himself during next summer’s World Cup if his form was flatlining. But by the end of the series win – England’s ninth in a row – the captain’s importance was again underlined beyond just his batting (which after regaining some stillness at the crease, was the best on tour with 195 runs). Leaving himself out of the 219-run DLS hammering in Colombo was probably a bit too funky. Dead-rubbers may afford experimentation but why unbalance the team? And if a batsman really did have to make way, why not switch Joe Root’s thoughts to the Test series early? But what it did do was demonstrate what the players have been saying for a while: when the ball is travelling to all parts, Morgan’s icy demeanour holds things together more often than not. In the sapping humidity England lost their cool too easily and bickered away for what was their sloppiest fielding display for some time. Morgan’s stand-in, Jos Buttler, has stepped up well in the past. But having struggled a touch behind the stumps on tour, and gone into the match short of time at the crease, he could probably have done without it in this instance. Share via Email Vic Marks … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. 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