LISCR FC have been drawn against Sudan’s most successful football club, Al-Hilal, in the preliminary rounds of the 2018 CAF Champions League. Both teams were paired yesterday during the draw held at the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.
Al-Hilal, 25 times Sudan Premier League winners, will travel to Liberia for the first leg that will begin on 9-11 February and later host LISCR in the return leg in Omdurman, Khartoum State.
LISCR will be returning to the annual CAF tournament since they last appeared in 2013 during the 49th edition, which was their second consecutive appearance. The ‘Shipping Boys’ failed to cross the preliminary round in their two appearances.
This is the first time both teams will be clashing in the continental competition.
In 2012 LISCR were thrashed 5-0 by BereKum Chelsea of Ghana following a 2-0 and 3-0 away and home victories. Later in 2013, Cameroonian side Union Douala became the stumbling block for LISCR after defeating the Liberian champions 3-1 on aggregate.
However, LISCR’s opponents Al-Hilal have more experience in the tournament. Next year’s edition will mark the Sudanese club’s 31st appearance. Recently in the 53rd edition, the Sudanese club nicknamed ‘Seed al-balad’ (The Leader of the Country), finished in the group stage as one of the top 16 clubs after finishing at the bottom of Group A having accumulated 4 points out of 6 games.
The 1992 losing finalists have reached two finals, five semifinals and made 8 appearances in the CAF Confederation Cup. Al-Hilal emerged as 2017 champions of the Sudanese Premiere League to reach a record 26th league title.
The winner from LISCR’s match will go against the winner of the Athletic Club Léopards of the Republic of Congo and AS Togo-Port of Togo match in the first round.
During yesterday’s draw Mamelodi Sundowns, Al Ahly, Wydad Casablanca, 2017 CAF Confederation Champions TP Mazembe and 2007 winners Etoile du Sahel were exempted from the preliminary rounds after given a bye into the first round slated for March.
Twenty-seven (27) teams will qualify for the first round and will be joined by the five teams given a bye in the first round.
2018 CAF Confederation Cup: ELWA United Get AS Onze Créateurs de Niaréla of Mali
In the CAF Confederation Cup draw, Liberia’s representative ELWA United, were paired against Malian side AS Onze Créateurs de Niaréla in the preliminary rounds of Africa’s secondary club football competition.
ELWA United became Liberia’s next representative to the CAF secondary club competition after reaching the final of the domestic FA Cup against LISCR who had already won the championship-booking their slot to represent Liberia in the CAF Champions League.
Liberia was this year represented in the Confederation Cup by Monrovia Club Breweries who were shockingly defeated 3-0 away to J.S Kabylie in Algeria. Breweries won the first leg 2-0 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.