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Sudanese giants Al Hilal ended Ghanaian club Asante Kotoko unbeaten run after beating them by 1-0 in the opener of the CAF Confederation Cup group stage on Sunday evening at the Al Hilal Sports Stadium.

The Porcupine Warrious suffered their first defeat in this year’s competition following Waleed Halid’s strike in the first half — The Porcupines won three, drew one in their last four matches of the competition.

The 2004 Confederation Cup finalist began very well but attackers Songne Yacouba, Maxwell Baako and Abdul Fatawu lacked the finesse and cutting edge in front of goal.

Felix Annan was a match for the homesters when their early strike was saved by the young goalkeeper.

However, Al Hilal supporters were in jubilation when Waleed Hamid strike in the 37th minute separated both teams before the break.

The visitors retaliated just after the opener but Abdul Fatawu’s surgical strike collided with the goal-post.

CK AKUNNOR – Kotoko Coach

Coach C.K Akonnor and his charges made several attempt to equalise in the second half but substitutes Prince Acquah and Stephen Nyarko failed to make impact.

The Sudanese giants ended in a 1-0 win over their Ghanaian counterpart after the referee blew the final whistle.

The victory kept Al Hilal at the 2nd position of the group after Zesco United silenced their country-rival Nkana FC by 2-0 in Zambia.

Kotoko return to action on February 13 when they host Zesco United at Kumasi.

By Augustus Opoku

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