African Confederation Cup delayed due to Sudan’s crisis

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir delivers a speech inside Parliament in Khartoum. (Reuters pic)

CAIRO: The fall of Sudan’s longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir and the turbulent political aftermath has delayed an African Confederation Cup (CAF) tie for the country’s top-flight club Al Hilal.

“Due to the current security situation in Sudan, the…second leg between Al Hilal and Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia) has been postponed indefinitely,” said CAF in a statement.

The match was due to take place on Sunday at the Al Hilal Stadium in Omdurman, near the Sudanese capital Khartoum.

Thousands of protesters have been calling for the iron-fisted Sudanese leader’s removal since December 2018 and Defence Minister Awad Ibnouf announced in a televised statement Thursday that 75-year-old Bashir had been toppled.

The minister said a military council will govern Sudan for the next two years in a transitional capacity.

CAF, Africa’s governing football body, said a new venue for the quarter final match-up will be scheduled at a later date.

Etoile du Sahel won the first leg against their Sudanese foes last week in the coastal Tunisian town of Sousse.