Al Ahli also show class and intent with passage to semis in Nile Basin Cup

AL AHLI Shandi thumped Malakia of South Sudan 3-0 in the quarter finals of the Nile Basin Cup soccer tournament on Saturday and also earned a fouvarites’ tag to lift the title.

The Sudan side, formed just in 2011 and participated in the 2012 CAF [African Football Confederation] Confederation Cup reaching the Group Stage, showed their pedigree in dispatching the fighting South Sudan side in the second of the evening’s matches at the Khartoum Stadium.

Decider

Earlier SC Victoria University of Uganda had earned a semi-final berth by edging Mbeya City 1-0 with a 65th minute breaker by Jackson Kibirige. This was from a penalty after the Tanzania Mainland team had fouled, resulting in their player send-off.

Al Ahli, who had dominated the Group ‘C’ preliminaries in their home city of Shandi — east bank of the River Nile 150 km northeast of Khartoum – therefore have a semi-final date with SC Victoria University on Tuesday.

The first semi is on Monday when Kenya’s AFC Leopards will face Academie Tchite of Burundi.