By Angu Lesley
Strong Cameroonian full-back Bawak Etta Thomas has been handed the first chance to express himself in the colors of Sudanese giants Al Merreikh SC.
The experienced full-back who moved to the club four months ago after a successful three years at Cotonsport of Garoua starts as right-back for the club at home to rivals Al Hilal of Omdurman.
English manager Lee Robert Clark has handed the first chance to the 27-year old who will back the jersey number 36.
The full starting XI is as follows;
Al Merreikh SC 🇸🇩 lineup:
Monged Elneel (GK)
Salah El Sammani
Ramadan Agab (C)
Algazoli Noah Mohamedi
Despite Bawak’s experience in the beautiful game and previous appearances in the preliminary rounds of the champions league for UMS of Loum in 2017 and Cotonsport in 2018, this game provides his group stage debut in the competition.
Al Hilal Club 🇸🇩 Line up:
Abdullah Abu-Eshrein (GK)
Abdul Jeleel Ajagun
Mohamed Abdelrahman (C)
Gerald Phiri Jr.
Bawak and Tony of Nigeria are the only two non-Sudanese players picked.
Both Group A outsiders in this season’s CAF Champions League go into the fixture with two points and hope of getting a result that takes them close to Sundowns who top the standings with four points from two outings.
This Friday’s game game kick-off at 5pm Cameroon time
Elsewhere on Saturday, in record champions Al Ahly will face Mamelodi Sundowns in arguably the biggest game of this round of matches.
Bawak, former UMS of Loum, Douala Athletic Club 2000 and New Stars of Douala full-back who operates comfortable in the left and right side of the defense counts two Elite One titles to his credit and participated in all three of Cameroon’s games during the 2018 Africa Nations Championship in Morocco.
The former Under-23 international for Cameroon played 86 games in local and international competitions during his three year stay at Cotonsport of Garoua and won one league title plus finished runners-up twice.
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