Étoile Sportive du Sahel clinched a crucial victory against Al Hilal in the TotalEnergies CAF Champions League Group C, marking a significant turnaround for the Tunisian side. After stumbling in their initial group matches with defeats against local rivals Esperance and Angola’s Petro de Luanda, Sahel rebounded with a 1-0 win over Al Hilal, secured by Jacques Mbe’s late strike.
The triumph propelled ES Sahel to three points, putting them on par with Al Hilal and Esperance in the group standings. The victory not only rejuvenates their campaign but also intensifies the competition within Group C.
In Group D of the CAF Champions League, Tanzanian powerhouse Young Africans faced off against SC Medeama in Ghana. Seeking a crucial win to climb out of the danger zone after a winless start to the group stage, Yanga found themselves trailing as Jonathan Sonwah converted a penalty for Medeama in the 27th minute. Despite the setback, Yanga demonstrated resilience and equalized before halftime through Pacome Zouzoua’s effort in the 39th minute, securing a vital point.
Meanwhile, in a high-stakes clash in Group D, defending champions Al Ahly were held to a goalless draw by CR Belouizdad of Algeria in Cairo. The outcome maintains the status quo in Group D standings, with Ahly leading at 5 points, followed closely by CR Belouizdad and Medeama, both with 4 points. Young Africans, with 2 points, remain at the bottom of the group.
These results underscore the unpredictability and intensity of the CAF Champions League group stage, with teams vying for supremacy and battling to advance to the knockout stages. The upcoming fixtures in both groups promise heightened competition and potential shifts in the standings as teams strive to secure coveted spots in the next phase of the tournament.