Omdurman, Enyimba’s familiar territory

Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Al Merrikh will be the first time for Enyimba to meet the Sudanese greats. Yet the Al Hilal Stadium in Omdurman, where the match will be played, is in no way an unfamiliar patch for the People’s Elephant.

Merrikh’s traditional ground, The Al Merrikh Stadium, is currently undergoing renovation meaning The Mars will host Enyimba in the home of their fierce rivals, just a street away.

It is a patch that The People’s Elephants have trodded on three previous occasions, albeit all against Al Hilal FC.

We take you through those previous visits to the ground well known for its fierceness, so much it has long been nicknamed ‘The Cemetery’.

July 18, 2008

Enyimba’s first ever game at The Cemetery was a Champions League group B opener in 2008. Stephen Nworgu and Cletus Itodo were the scorers in that game as we lost 3-2, but went on to qualify from the group.

September 9, 2011

In the penultimate round of matches of the group stage, Enyimba needed a result in Omdurman to stay ahead of Al Hilal in the log, and the two times champions did it in style. Despite trailing to Edward Sadomba’s first half goal, The People’s Elephant came back trumpeting in the second half with two goals from dead ball situations – Valentine Nwabali’s exquisite freekick and Samuel Twanya penalty. The result ultimately helped Enyimba to finish top of the Champions League group.

September 29, 2019

Our last game in Omdurman, much like the next, was a Champions League first round fixture. Mohamed Eldai scored the only goal that resulted in our elimination from the competition.

What are your predictions for Enyimba’s fourth visit to Omdurman? You can leave your reply in the comments section below.

Comments (12)

  1. Ndukwe Nkasiobi Ndukwe

    I think Enyimba will come back with a favorable result. A draw or a very narrow win. Good luck to the People’s Elephant !

  2. Muhammad Umar

    Hello! Always appreciate your effort, my prediction for our fourth visit to that cemetery is that we are going to win or draw, but loss never by the grace of God. I love Enyimba with all my heart. Best of luck Elephant

  3. All I know is that we are not losing this one.

    We are Enyimba.

    • one of the things that make attachments between nations of one continent is sports as we all know Enyimba one of the greatest clubs in Africa champions league
      as well as AlHLAl and his brother Almerikh so I’m one of AlHLAl fans i hope both of teams will play fair playing and the output result will be on the side of the one who play best

  4. Don’t play for drawn just play to win

  5. Adebanjo TAIWO

    Enyimba away record is not impressive…Enyimba will lose this one….I wish the Elephant good luck in the reverse leg.

  6. 2/0
    For elephants

  7. Austin Ogbonnaya

    A Enyimba Fc will get a fair result

  8. one of the things that make attachments between nations of one continent is sports as we all know Enyimba one of the greatest clubs in Africa champions league
    as well as AlHLAl and his brother Almerikh so I’m one of AlHLAl fans i hope both of teams will play fair playing and the output result will be on the side of the one who play best

  9. Enyimba for the win this time

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