CAF boost for Leopards
Black Leopards have received a boost with the news that CAF Confederation Cup opponents Al-Merreikh will be without one of their top stars.
Leopards travel to Sudan to take on Al-Merreikh on June 30 in the first leg of their play-off fixture in this year’s competition.
But that is the same day that Egypt will travel to Central African Republic for the second leg of their 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, having lost 3-2 in the first game.
And The Pharaohs have managed to secure veteran goalkeeper Essam Al Hadary for the game, after there was a brief battle between club and country for his services.
Al Hadary may be 39, but he remains one of the top keepers on the continent and has thwarted South African sides before, both with the national team and in making over 500 appearances for top Egyptian team Al-Ahly.
His absence will be a blow for Al-Merreikh and a boost for Lidoda Duvha in what will be a very difficult away trip to Omdurman.