African and Asian Champions Leagues


70-almerrikhAl-Merreikh Omdurman have become the first Sudanese winners of the CAF Champions League with a 5-1 aggregate victory over Espérance Sportif of Tunisia this weekend.

With one hand already on the trophy with a 3-0 win in Tunis a fortnight ago, Al-Merreikh were stunned in the Second Leg when Houssem Baier smashed home an opening goal inside four minutes, but when Abdelhameed Amari equalised ten minutes later, the celebrations were back on.

Noureldin Antar put the hosts in front, and 5-1 up on aggregate, just before the break, and they second half passed without much incident to give the Sudanese side their second continental trophy after 1989’s African Cup Winners’ Cup success.


70-alsaddIn Iran, Qatari champions Al-Sadd SC came from behind and survived a dismissal and a late scare to win their second AFC Champions League in four seasons with a 3-2 win over Esteghlal Tehran.

Ahman Sharafi had the Iranians in front after just two minutes, but a goal from Luiz Ceará and a brace from Caboré sandwiching Al-Shamiya’s red card, turned the game round for the Qataris.

Moharram Lak ensured a grandstand finish with a goal three minutes from time, but they were unable to force a third goal past Rorys Aragón and Al-Sadd lifted their third AFC Champions League title.