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Sadomba’s battle cry


Sudan-based Warriors striker Edward “Duduza” Sadomba has talked tough about his quest to break the jinx and win the Caf Champions League for Al-Hilal for the first time in their history.

Duduza, as he is popularly known by Zimbabwean fans, joined Sudanese football side Al-Hilal in 2009 before becoming the darling of the crowd in the country after he helped the team to win their domestic league.

He remains the only Zimbabwean player to feature in the group stages of the 2011 competition after country representatives Motor Action and Dynamos and other clubs where other Zimbabwean players are plying their trade bowed out of the competition in the early stages.

The striker has been in top form, scoring three crucial Champions League goals in four matches to propel his team into the group stages.

He also scored 13 goals in 15 matches in their domestic league.

The 27-year-old striker, who is gifted with speed and skill, became a household name when he turned out for Dynamos in the Caf Champions League where he was ruthless in front of goal.

Sadomba played 47 games for Sudanese league champions Al-Hilal in the 2009-2010 season, scoring 34 goals.

Duduza scored the priceless goal as Al-Hilal beat Club Africain of Tunisia in an Africain Champions League second round, first leg tie in Omdurman in April.

The Warriors forward struck in the second half, reacting quickest to a rebound to bury home his chance and give Al-Hilal the edge.

“We are looking forward to beating Enyimba in their own backyard when we travel to Nigeria on July 14.

“We would want to finish them off when they come to Sudan two weeks later so that we maintain pole position in our group. There are four teams in our group which is Group A. The other teams are Raja Casablanca of Morocco and Coton Sport of Cameroon.

“We have just told ourselves that we must not fear any of the three clubs that are in our group. We have to top the group and get a better semi-final opponent,” Sadomba said.

Group B has teams like Al-Ahly of Egypt, Wydad Casablanca of Morocco, MC Alger of Algeria and Esperance of Tunisia.

Sadomba, who has been in Zimbabwe since the Mali 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on June 5, returned to Sudan on Monday.

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