Giant Al-Mirrikh FC Qualifies For Semi-final of Lucrative Arab Clubs Cup18 February, 2019
KHARTOUM (Sudanow) - Sudanese first division Football Club Al-Mirrikh Saturday night swept its rival Molodia FC of Algeria 3/0 and secured a place in the semi-finals of the lucrative Arab Club Champions Cup tournament.
Mirrikh Midfielder Mohammad Alrasheed gave his side the lead in minute 20 of the first half, cashing on a ball randomly scattered by the Algerian goalkeeper.
Then Mirrikh’s powerful midfielder Ramadan Ajab engineered an artful through pass to scorer Mohammed Abdelrahman who took a few firm steps and carefully swept the ball between the Algerian goal keeper’s feet. The same player netted the third goal early in the second half after receiving a clever through pass from his teammate Bakri Abdelgadir.
Mirrikh will clash Tunisian Étoile Sportive du Sahel (ESS,) in the semi-final at a date to be announced later on.
Mirrikh had disqualified the Algerian FC Ettihad in the tournament’s quarter finals beating them 4/1 in Omdurman and receiving a defeat of 2/0 in Algiers.
The Mirrikh ascension to this stage is a semblance of a windfall given the dire financial situation that prompted club fans to donate sums via WhatsApp groups to run club affairs and to pay national and foreign players accumulating arrears.
Reports published here say the cup winner would cash a big sum of $7 million in addition to the trophy, while the team ranking second will collect $2 million.
According to the reports the Arab Football Union, that runs the biannual contest, had fixed this huge sum because it had noticed that Arab member states clubs were reluctant to send their senior players to the contest, contending with second-row players.
Early announcements said the Union had fixed a prize of $ 4 million for the cup winner, but the UAE had beefed up the sum to this magnitude in commemoration of the Gulf country’s founder, the late Sheikh Zayid Bin Sultan Al-Nahyan. Accordingly this edition of the contest was made to carry the name: Sheikh Zayid Cup.
Mirrikh had already received $50,000 when it qualified for group 16. Then it came to collect $200,000 when it qualified for the quarterfinals. Mirrikh is also due to receive a yet to be announced sum for qualifying for the semi-final stage, according to the sports press.
The idea behind these disbursements is understood to help the contending clubs keep up with training, pay for air travel and lodging in away matches and keep the contest alive.
E N D
Post your comments
Photo of the Week
Everybody alive today came from one African country (The Independent) Ariana Baio Khartoum, Jan.1 (Sudanow)-It is well known that all humans alive today can be traced back to a common ancestor but a study may have found where that ancestor originates. Researchers at the University of Oxford’s Big Data Institute mapped the entirety of genetic relationships among humans t...More
01 January, 2023
Phone battery killed nine persons, injured twelve
Zalingei, Jan.1 (Sudanow) - A dispute over a phone battery, in Marin Market, Central Darfur, led to the killing of nine persons and injuring of another twelve. The Director of Central Darfur Police, Salah Omar Al-Tayeb told SUNA last Thursday that main reasons behind the events in Zalingei began with a dispute over a phone battery, where one of the citizens stabbed to death. The police official added that the police forces moved to th...
Sudanow is the longest serving English speaking magazine in the Sudan. It is chartarized by its high quality professional journalism, focusing on political, social, economic, cultural and sport developments in the Sudan. Sudanow provides in depth analysis of these developments by academia, highly ...More
Recent tweetsTweets by Suda_now
FOLLOW Us On Facebook
Address: Sudan News Agency (SUNA) Building, Jamhoria Street, Khartoum - Sudan
Mobile:+249 909220011 / +249 912307547