The day started Al Khartoum of Sudan settling for a 1-1 draw with Kenyan giants, Gor Mahia to move to the summit of the group via superior goals despite seven points apiece.
A game of speed, physic and technic is what characterized this game as Khartoum put Gor Mahia on the back of their foot with an individual brilliance of Cameroonian playmaker, Ousmaila Baba who left Gor Mahia goalie Boniface Oluoch struggling to get the ball out of the net after seven minutes.
Despite Khartoum frustrating Gor Mahia top marksmen Micheal Olungo and Eric Ochieng, the team kept composed and calm for their right moment to come.
Few minutes to the break, Khalid Aucho caught the Sudanese goalie off guard as he chipped the ball past the defense to find Eric Ochieng who headed home to give Gor Mahia the equalizer on 42 minutes.
In the second half, both teams wasted a lot of chances especially Olunga on the side of Gor Mahia, missing two chances with only the goalkeeper to beat on 56 minutes and heading wide later.
Khartoum coach, Kwesi Appiah commended his players for the hard work and good display.
“It was a hard game because all the teams are good. It’s fantastic we got the results and now we need to focus now on the next game” said the Ghanaian.
His counterpart Frank Natal said injuries nearly cost his team but lauded his players for the good show.
“It was a tough game. We have many injuries but I believe we shall perform better in the quarter finals” said Nuttal.
In the other match, Young Africans of Tanzania beat KMKM of Zanzibar 2-0.
After a barren first half, Malimi Busungu opened the scores on 67 minute, with a tap from Haruna Niyonzima cross, before an own goal by hard pressed KMKM defender Khamis Ali Kamis on 78 minutes handed the home team a 2-0 win.
Al Khartoum (Sudan) 1-1 Gor Mahia (Kenya)
Young Africans (Tanzania) 2-0 KMKM (Zanziba