Al-Hilal Cup charge continues

Al-Hilal of Sudan twice came from behind to claim a 4-2 victory at home to ASFAN and continue their charge toward the African Confederation Cup semi-finals.

ASFAN, the first Niger club to reach the group stage of an African Football Confederation tournament, led twice in the first half at steamy Omdurman before conceding three second-half goals.

Khalefa Mohamed brought Hilal level for a second time on the hour mark, before Malian Barry Demba nudged them ahead and Zimbabwean Edward Sadomba sealed the victory with a fourth goal 13 minutes from time.

Al-Ittihad of Libya bounced back from their home defeat to Hilal with victory over Djoliba in Mali. Zambian Felix Katongo, a recent Ittihad signing from South African club Mamelodi Sundowns, scored the only goal after 71 minutes in Bamako when Djoliba goalkeeper Abdoulaye Diakite failed to clear a corner.

Hilal have a maximum six points after two rounds, Ittihad three and Djoliba and ASFAN one apiece. The top two clubs have home advantage in the mid-September third series of matches.

Elsewhere, former champions CS Sfaxien of Tunisia proved too powerful for Moroccan visitors FUS Rabat. Sfaxien tore FUS apart in the second half to triumph 3-0, with Hamza Younes scoring twice and Nigerian Uche Agba once.

Zanaco of Zambia, who boasted before the group phase of the second-tier competition that they would claim the $660,000 first prize, were held at home by Harras al-Hodoud of Egypt.

Bank club Zanaco took an early second half lead in Lusaka via Mathews Macha only for Ahmed Salama to equalise 10 minutes from full-time for traditional poor travellers Hodoud.

The result left the Zambians bottom of the table with one point from a possible six. Sfaxien have four points, FUS three and Hodoud two.