Former Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic wins Sudan title
Posted: 30 November 2010 Time: 09:30
Former Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic has won the title in Sudan with Al Hilal just weeks after their semi-final disappointment in the CAF Confederation Cup.
Al Hilal scored 12 minutes from time to win the championship from their arch rivals Al Merreikh, as the season concluded belatedly with the Omdurman derby proving the deciding match. Already one of Africa's fiercest rivalries, Al Hilal and Al Merreikh were level on 67 points each going into their final game of the season, which had been held over by several weeks because of Hilal's progress to the semi-final of the CAF Confederation Cup. Al Merreikh were first to score at the Al Hilal Stadium through Said Mustafa Balla but the lead lasted but three minutes and a second goal for Mohamed Ahmed Bisha had Hilal ahead soon after half-time. Lassane Fane equalised in the 69th minute but the final word went to his Malian compatriot Demba Barry, formerly of JS Kabylie in Algeria, who secured the title with the last goal of a 3-2 win. Al Hilal have now won seven of the last eight premier league titles in Sudan, Al Merreikh breaking that sequence in 2008. Sredojevic (41), took over at the helm of the club in July and saw them to the semi-final of the Confederation Cup, where they lost to CS Sfaxien of Tunisia. The Serbian was Pirates coach in 2006 but fired after just 23 games in charge. He has since worked at Young Africans in Tanzania and Ethiopia's St George.