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CAF Champions League: Al Hilal honorary president promises whopping $80k to team ahead of Asante Kotoko showdown

Published on: 05 January 2021

Honorary President of Al Hilal, Turki Al Sheikh (Abu Nasser) has pledged a substantial financial incentive to the Sudanese giants ahead of the crucial CAF Champions League return leg against Asante Kotoko on Wednesday.

Counselor Turki Al Sheikh has pledged 300,000 Saudi riyals ($80,000) when the Sudanese giants books a spot in the next phase of the CAF Champions League ahead of the second leg tie against two-time African champions.

Al Hilal Omdurman defeated their Ghanaian counterparts by a lone goal in the first leg and have one foot in the next stage of the competition – considering their formidable record – at home ahead of the return leg which will be staged tomorrow.

Contrastingly, widespread reports in Ghana that Asante Kotoko SC players boycotted training in Sudan ahead of their CAF Champions League game against Al Hilal Omdurman due to unpaid bonuses.

The players are owed per diem of their last encounter in Mauritania against FC Nouadhibou where they drew 1-1.

The second leg of that tie was called off following the disqualification of Nouadhibou.

Qualification entitlements of the tie are yet to paid to players.

Winning bonuses of their games against Legon Cities FC and Dreams FC in the Ghana Premier League have also not been paid coupled with the monthly salaries of December 2020.

It is said that the players refused to train at the scheduled time as they were locked in a meeting with the management.

The first leg of this tie saw the Porcupine Warriors lose 1-0 to the Sudanese giants at the Accra Sports Stadium a fortnight ago.

The second leg is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 9 January 2021 at the Al Hilal Stadium.


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