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Phakamani Mahlambi makes official debut for Al Ahly


Ramadan Suliman of Sudan challenged by Phakamani Mahlambi of South Africa during the 2017 Total Zambia U-20 African Cup of Nations match between Sudan and South Africa at Heroes National Stadium, Lusaka Zambia on 05 March 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Nov 21, 2017. 12:00


South African forward Phakamani Mahlambi made his official debut for Egyptian giants Al Ahly in a 2-0 win over Ismaily on Monday night.

The 20-year-old signed for the Red Devils from Bidvest Wits back in September but has had to bide his time on the sidelines, especially with the club’s runners-up finish in the CAF Champions League – a competition he was not registered for.

However, in an Egyptian Premier League clash at the Borg El Arab Stadium last night, Mahlambi came off the bench for the last 27 minutes and helped Ahly record a 2-0 away win over log leaders Ismaily.

It was his first competitive game since turning out for Wits in a 3-1 loss to Free State Stars back in May.

The victory took Ahly up to seventh place on the log, seven points adrift of Ismaily. Yet they have four games in hand as they begin to catch up games following their exploits in the Champions League.



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Al Ahly goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy unhappy with criticism after Champions League final loss


Al Ahly goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Nov 07, 2017. 17:30


Despite their CAF Champions League loss to Wydad Casablanca, Al Ahly goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy refuses to take the blame directed to the team from the fans.

The Red Devils fans were disappointed to lose the continental trophy in Morocco on a 2-1 aggregate margin after a 1-1 draw in the first leg at home.

Ekramy took to his official Twitter account, saying that criticism from fans after the match was not objective and not fair.

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“We’re used in Egypt to the attribution of any success or failure in football to individuals only, although everyone knows that it is a shared responsibility,” he said on Twitter.

“The problem in the case of loss is that there is always an attempt to blame certain players or to find a scapegoat.

“In 48 games since the start of the season, we had more than 30 clean sheets.

“Our goalkeeping and defence were named the best according to statistics and numbers.

“Apart from local statistics, Al Ahly is one of the world’s best teams in terms of keeping a clean sheet in 2017.

“Attacking or criticizing a player after any loss by the media or the fans is normal and that’s the tough side of football.

“We understand our fans’ sadness due to the loss, our fans are always our number one supporters. We lost an important championship that’s true but it is more important to start focusing on what’s coming next.”



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Al Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry: We were better than Wydad Casablanca


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Nov 06, 2017. 20:00


Al Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry said Wydad Casablanca did not deserve to win the CAF Champions League on Saturday night.

El-Badry believes his players were more powerful and dangerous than Wydad’s, despite the 1-0 loss to the Moroccan side in the second-leg of the final.

The outspoken coach has blamed the referee for the loss, saying the Moroccans scored from an obvious offside.

After a 1-1 draw in the first leg, a solitary goal through Walid El-Karti’s header ensured the Moroccans lifted the continental trophy 2-1 on aggregate.

“Wydad are entitled champions, but not by the performance. They scored from an obvious offside while the referee deprived us of two well-deserved penalties,” said the 56-year-old tactician.

“I warned before of refereeing mistakes and we suffered from it in the two legs of the final, but it seems that nobody cares about African refereeing.

“It’s very sad that African tournaments are being won by referees.”

In the wake of the win, Wydad will now play in the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi next month and will represent the African continent.



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Al Ahly president to protest following Champions League final loss to Wydad


Al Ahly’s player Saad Samir (L) in action against Wydad Casablanca’s player Ismail Haddad (R)

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Nov 06, 2017. 16:30


Following their CAF Champions League loss to Wydad Casablanca, Al Ahly president Mahmoud Taher revealed that his club will file a complaint about the CAF referee, Bakary Gassama.

The Club of the Century suffered a 2-1 loss to Wydad on aggregate as they failed to fly back to Egypt with the most prestigious continental accolade.

Following the defeat in Morocco, Taher says Gassama made a number of mistakes in the match and they will approach CAF regarding this issue.

“We have a number of motives to file a complaint because of what happened in the final match,” Mahmoud Taher told the club’s official website.

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“The referee made huge mistakes whether through taking wrong decisions or because of not adding enough stoppage time after smoke emerged in the pitch and blocked view which forced him to stop the match for a few minutes.”

Taher added that Gassama did not take the smoke on the pitch, caused by Wydad fans, into consideration when adding only three minutes of stoppage time and that he didn’t care about complaints made about the smoke from Al Ahly players.

“We faced clear and obvious challenges in our recent African matches from referees which made it look like Al Ahly facing a team and a referee each match, something that we should not stay silent about anymore,” he added.

“That’s why the club is obliged to submit this complaint that includes all the needed documents and pictures that strengths our position.”



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2017 CAF Champions League: Wydad Casablanca 1-0 Al Ahly – As it happened – 2017 CAF Champions League


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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Nov 04, 2017. 23:50


Welcome to coverage of the 2017 CAF Champions League final, second-leg match between Wydad Casablanca and Al Ahly from the Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca.

Commentary:
All times CAT

90+5′ – Full time – Done and dusted, Wydad Casablanca are the new kings of Africa! They won 1-0 on the night and 2-1 on aggregate to claim their second CAF Champions League title!

90+3′ – Substitution – El Haddad makes way for Mouhamed Ouattara.

90+1′ – There will be three minutes of added time.

89′ – Great work from Bencharki to spring the offside trap and earn his side a corner kick. Wydad are just trying to run down the clock now.

87′ – Zakareya with a great attacking chance for Ahly, but he shoots into the side netting when his teammates were crying out for a square pass across the box…

86′ – Substitution – Zakaria El Hachimi replaces Khadrouf.

85′ – Ahly have five minutes to find a goal and send the final to penalties…

84′ – A brave block to close down Said as he looks to fire in a shot, but the offside flag is up anyway.

83′ – Yellow card – Khadrouf booked for time wasting.

80’ – Bencharki free down the right again, he squares for Khadrouf, who is denied by a brave save from Ekramy!

77 – Yellow card – El Sulaya booked for a clumsy challenge on El Haddad.

77’ – Substitution – Walid Soliman replaces El-Sayed.

76’ – Zakareya shoots from long range, but it’s high and wide.

74’ – A pushing match breaks out on the far side of the field… emotions running high in Casablanca.

72’ – Substitution – Another change for Ahly as Emad Moteab replaces Fathi.

70’ – Wydad now lead 2-1 on aggregate. It doesn’t really change things for Al Ahly – they needed to score a goal before, and it’s still the case.

69’ – GOAL! Wydad 1-0 Al Ahly – Bencharki with great work down the right, his deflected cross is met by a great header from El Karti to find the back of the net!

67’ – Yellow card – Zakareya booked for simulation.

64’ – Wydad look to have pace on the counter attack, but they’re playing a dangerous game by sitting back like this.

61′ – Substitution – Ahmed Hamoudi replaces Azaro in Ahly’s first change.

60′ – Rabeh with a great defensive clearance from an Al Ahly corner kick. The Egyptian side is dominating at the moment.

57′ – Fathi with a good ball into the box, Azaro pulls it back from the by-line, but it doesn’t quite come together for Ahly.

54′ – El Sayed clears from central defence as Wydad push forward. Plenty of cut and thrust, this game just needs a goal to really ignite it.

51′ – Strong play from Ajayi to win a free kick in the middle of the park. Ahly will need that running power to penetrate Wydad’s defence.

49′ – In fact the referee has paused the game while we wait for the worst of the smoke to clear…

48′ – Plenty of smoke from the flares in the crowd drifting across the field. Shouldn’t affect the players too much.

46′ – Back underway in the second half, no changes from either team at the break.

45+1′ – Half time – Goalless at the break, Wydad are halfway to their second CAF Champions League title as things stand, but you get the feeling there’s drama in store in the second stanza.

45′ – There will be one minute of added time.

43′ – Closing in on half time, Wydad will be happy with proceedings so far but the tie remains on a knife edge.

40′ – Fathi floats a free kick into the Wydad box, but it passes through for a goal kick to the hosts.

39′ – Yellow cards – Both Ahly’s Fathi and Wydad’s Rabeh are booked in quick succession.

35′ – At the other end it’s El Haddad with a low shot which skids just wide of Ekramy’s left-hand post!

34′ – Al Ahly hit through the middle on a quick counter, Zakareya has a one-on-one chance but sees his effort well saved by Laaroubi!

30′ – Wydad on the  counter attack and Khadrouf sees his deflected shot rebound off the crossbar! The hosts’ first real attacking highlight.

29′ – From a free kick to a corner kick for the visitors, but Wydad defend well.

28′ – Azaro earns a free kick out on the left flank, Al Ahly are making all the running now.

26′ – Said with an in-swinging cross from the left, but it’s easily claimed by goalkeeper Laaroubi.

23′ – Midway through the first half, still goalless on the night and 1-1 on aggregate. It remains in favour of Wydad on the away goals rule.

22′ – Yellow card – Ahly’s Ajayi is booked for repeated fouls.

19′ – Bencharki plays in a low cross from the right by-line, but Wydad have no one in the middle to take advantage.

18′ – Wydad captain Nakach goes down under a challenge and looks a little sore getting to his feet, but he should be fine to continue.

15′ – Ahly’s Said has had a couple of dangerous corner deliveries so far. Set pieces certainly look like an avenue back into the tie for the Egyptian side.

14′ – Wydad defender Atouchi makes a vital challenge as Ahly look to break free down their right flank.

12′ – Zakareya cuts inside from the right and shoots on goal, Laaroubi makes an awkward save and the rebound almost falls for Azaro, who would have had a tap-in! So close for Al Ahly…

10′  – There’s no room to breathe in midfield, both teams closing down space in the engine room very quickly.

8′ – Slick passing from Wydad, but the ball ends up safely in the hands of Ahly goalkeeper Ekramy.

5′ – Azaro looks to get onto a cross from Zakareya and goes down under a challenge, but there’s no real call for a penalty from the referee.

3′ – Al Ahly looking full of intent in the early minutes, as they try to catch out the hosts before the match settles down.

1′ – Kick-off – We are underway in Casablanca! Wydad wear all-white with red trim, while Al Ahly are in all-blue.

21h55 – The players have made their way out onto the pitch at a packed Stade Mohamed V Stadium.

21h45 – A reminder that Wydad are looking to win their second CAF Champions League title and a first since 1992, while Al Ahly are chasing a record-extending ninth African crown, having won their eighth back in 2013.

21h30 – Thirty minutes to kick-off. A reminder that the first leg at the Borg El Arab Stadium outside of Alexandria last weekend ended in a 1-1 draw, giving Wydad the advantage of an away goal.

Here are the line-ups ahead of the match:

Al Ahly: Sherif Ekramy, Mohamed Hani, Saad Samir, Rami Rabia, Hussein El-Sayed, Amr El-Sulaya, Ahmed Fathi, Moemen Zakareya, Abdallah El-Said, Junior Ajayi, Walid Azaro

Wydad: Zouhair Laaroubi, Youssef Rabeh, Amine Atouchi, Abdellatif Noussir, Salaheddine Saidi, Walid El Karti, Brahim Nakach, Badr Gaddarine, Achraf Bencharki, Ismail El Haddad, Abdeladim Khadrouf



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Al Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry unfazed by Wydad test in Champions League final – 2017 CAF Champions League


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Nov 03, 2017. 12:30


Al Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry insists they have been through tough situations before as they prepare to face Wydad Casablanca in the second leg of their CAF Champions League final on Saturday.

El Badry will want to bag the continental trophy as he also led the Red Devils to glory in 2012 and he remains upbeat ahead of the clash.

The over 60 000 capacity Mohamed V Complex in Casablanca will be the venue for the second leg final after both sides settled for a 1-1 draw last weekend in Alexandria.

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“We have passed this situation many times in the past. We know what the stakes are,” El Badry told reporters.

“We will give all it takes to win this title, and I’m positive my boys can do it.”

Both sides will be without some key players through injury for the decisive match, with Wydad’s talented winger Mohamed Ounajem having a strained his thigh during the first leg.

On the other hand, Ahly duo of Tunisian left back Ali Maaloul and midfielder Hossam Ashour are also out with groin injuries.

The winner will walk away with a cash reward of 2,500,000 US Dollars and a ticket to represent Africa at the FIFA Club World Cup in December in Abu Dhabi.



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Egyptian international Emad Meteb could exit Al Ahly


Ahly’s striker Emad Meteb

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Nov 03, 2017. 11:30


Al Ahly and Egyptian international striker, Emad Meteb’s agent has revealed that his client might leave the Red Devils sooner rather than later.

The agent, Nader Shawky, says Meteb might leave the club as he aims to get more game time to increase his chances of joining the national team in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Recently, the veteran striker had thrown away his training bib in a show of disagreement with his coach’s substitution decision during Ahly’s league win over Al Ittihad.

However, the 34-year-old later told BBC Sport that his relationship with El-Badry is okay, yet his agent says the Pharaohs international will leave.

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Shawky spoke about Meteb’s situation after former Zamalek winger ‘Shikabala’ has been called up to the Egypt squad ahead of the Ghana clash.

“Meteb wants to play in the World Cup which can only happen if he plays more matches. Shikabala (Mahmoud Abdel-Razik) is no better than him,” Shawky said.

“This could lead to his departure from Al Ahly in January if he does not take part in more matches with the team.”

Shawky said Meteb wants to play for a manager that believes in his capabilities and in a club where he plays regularly so he can be called up by Hector Cuper to join the national team.



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Al Ahly cancel training as thousands of fans crowd the pitch


Al Ahly player Ali Maâloul (L) celebrates after soccer his goal during the 2017 CAF Champions League game between Al Ahly and Etoile Sportive at Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria, Egypt on in Alexandria, Egypt on 22 October 2017 © BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Nov 01, 2017. 19:28


After urging their fans to come out in numbers to support the team during a training session on Tuesday, Al Ahly was forced to cancel the session due a high number of fans in attendance.

Media reports from the North African country indicate that hordes of Red Devils fans swarmed their Cairo training base and forced the session to be cancelled.

Coach Hossam El-Badry is preparing his troops for a crucial second leg CAF Champions League final clash against Wydad Casablanca on Saturday in Morocco.

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The session was abandoned due to a remarkable number of supporters who crammed in to watch the Egyptian club.

KingFut website reports that a decision was made after thousands of fans entered El Tetsh Stadium which saw the supporters fill the stands and flood the field itself.

Consequently, it was deemed not safe for the players.

The Egyptian giants drew the first leg 1-1 in Alexandria last Saturday after Mo’men Zakaria scored the first goal in the second minute.



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Al Ahly suffer massive blow ahead of the second leg of the Champions League final – 2017 CAF Champions League


Al Ahly’s Hossam Ashour in continental action against Orlando Pirates

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Nov 01, 2017. 12:00


Al Ahly have received a huge blow ahead of the second leg of the CAF Champions League final away in Morocco against Wydad Casablanca.

The clash will be staged on Saturday after last weekend’s 1-1 draw, but the Red Devils will be without experienced midfielder Hossam Ashour.

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The 31-year-old, who sustained a groin injury in Ahly’s 4-1 win over Ragaa in an Egyptian Premier League game early October, also missed the first-leg of the CAFChampions League final and is set to miss the second leg as well.

“Ashour is still undergoing rehabilitation due to his groin muscle strain. He is very unlikely to play on Saturday,” Ahly Doctor Khaled Mahmoud said on the club’s official website.

Ashour’s absence deepens Ahly’s troubles as left-winger Ali Maaloul and defender Rami Rabia are also doubtful for the game due to injuries.

Coach Hossam El-Badry and his troops will need to score an away goal to stand a chance of lifting their first Champions League trophy since 2013.



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Al Ahly with a mountain to climb in CAF CL final – 2017 CAF Champions League


Al Ahly’s player Emad Meteb (L) in action against Wydad Casablanca’s player Abdelatif Noussir (R) during the African Champions League

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Oct 31, 2017. 18:00


Al Ahly have a mountain to climb heading into the second leg of the CAF Champions League final against hosts Wydad Casablanca on Saturday night.

The Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca will be the venue for the match, with kick-off set for 22h00 CAT. You will be able to follow LIVE Play-By-Play coverage of the match right here on AfricanFootball.

The first leg in Alexandria last weekend ended 1-1, with Ahly’s early goal from Moamen Zakaria cancelled out within the opening 20 minutes by Wydad’s Achraf Bencharki.

The aggregate score of 1-1 very much favours the Moroccan side, who have home advantage for the decisive leg and need only keep a clean sheet to ensure they pick up their second Champions League title.

The Egyptian giants, meanwhile, must at least match Wydad’s away goal if they are to have a shot at winning a record-extending ninth African crown.

Wydad coach Hussein Amotta will be without the services of injured winger Mohamed Ounajem, but was delighted with the first-leg result and believes his side is capable of triumphing on home soil.

“We achieved a milestone leaving Alexandria with a draw under these circumstances,” said Amotta after the match at the Borg El Arab Stadium.

“With all these fans, and against one of Africa’s finest most experienced clubs, a draw was a great result.”

He added, “It [the return leg] won’t be an easy game, but we will be more relaxed and we will have to work on scoring first this Saturday.

“Al Ahly have one of the best front lines in Africa, so it would be illogical to sit back and defend against them.

“Now that we know the flaws in Al Ahly’s defence, we will put pressure on them from the start. Yet at the same time we need to leave them no space for counter-attacks at the back.

“It is a great pleasure for me to coach Wydad and lead them up to this stage, but I cannot wait till Saturday when I become the happiest man in Morocco and all of Africa.”

Al Ahly have their own injury absentee in the shape of captain Hossam Ashour, and coach Hossam El Badry is under pressure to turn the tie around in Casablanca.

“I knew it [the first leg] was going to be a tough match, and we didn’t exploit the chances that we had during the game. We weren’t lucky [in the match] too,” the Al Ahly coach explained.

He added, “However, we put in an overall strong performance and I believe in the players’ abilities. We’ll fight to achieve victory in the second leg to claim the title.”

Gambian referee Bakary Gassama will take charge of the match in Casablanca on Saturday night. The winners will qualify for both the 2017 Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in December, and the 2018 CAF Super Cup against the winners of the Confederation Cup final (either SuperSport United or TP Mazembe).



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Champions League: Wydad coach Hussein Amotta wants to put pressure on Al Ahly defence


Wydad Casablanca coach Hussein Amotta

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Oct 31, 2017. 11:30


After playing to a 1-1 draw against Al Ahly in the first leg of the CAF Champions League final on Saturday, Wydad Casablanca coach Hussein Amotta expects a tough second leg clash against the Red Devils.

Amotta said he is planning to turn the tables by putting all the pressure on the Egyptian giants in the return fixture this weekend.

“We achieved a milestone leaving Alexandria with a draw under these circumstances,” said Amotta.

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“With all these fans, and against one of Africa’s finest most experienced clubs, a draw was a great result.

“It won’t be an easy game, but we will be more relaxed and we will have to work on scoring first this Saturday.

“Al Ahly have one of the best front lines in Africa, so it would be illogical to sit back and defend against them.

“Now that we know the flaws in Al Ahly’s defence, we will put pressure on them from the start. Yet at the same time we need to leave them no space for counter-attacks at the back.”

The return leg will be staged on Saturday, November 4 at Complexe Mohammed V Stadium in Casablanca.



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Wydad Casablanca’s captain Ibrahim Nakach says they will frustrate Al Ahly – 2017 CAF Champions League


epa05444319 Al-Ahly’s Ahmed Fathi (Blue) vies for the ball with Wydad’s Brahim nakach (Red) during their CAF Champions League group A stage football match between Egypt’s Al-Ahly and Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca at Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat, Morocco, on 27 July 2016. Al-Ahly won 1-0. EPA/ABDELHAK SENNA

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Oct 30, 2017. 15:30


Wydad Casablanca’s captain Ibrahim Nakach says they will continue to cause all sorts of headaches for Al Ahly ahead of the second leg of their CAF Champions League final.

The two North African sides will meet on Saturday in Casablanca to determine this year’s continental winner following a 1-1 draw last weekend.

Nakach said they are training to block the frontline of the Cairo giants in the second leg next Saturday and secure the title.

Ahly failed to take a first-leg home advantage despite their territorial dominance, losing the lead to settle for a 1-1 draw this past Saturday.

“We know Ahly will arrive in Morocco to score, but we are able to handle our home game,” Nakach said.

“We will train well to block Ahly’s efforts to score, and we will score to secure the title. We studied Ahly’s tactics well and we managed to stop their wingers from reaching our goal.

“We will repeat what we achieved here in Egypt when we play the second leg in Morocco.”



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Wydad hold Al Ahly in CCL final first-leg clash


epa05444318 Al-Ahly’s Moamen Zakaria (L) vies for the ball with Wydad’s Abdellatif Noussir (R) during their CAF Champions League group A stage football match between Egypt’s Al-Ahly and Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca at Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat, Morocco, on 27 July 2016. EPA/ABDELHAK SENNA

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Oct 28, 2017. 21:10


Al Ahly and Wydad Casablanca drew 1-1 in the 2017 CAF Champions League final first-leg clash at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Egypt on Saturday.

The second-leg encounter will be played at the Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca next week Saturday.

Egyptian giants Al Ahly applied some pressure on the Moroccan side Wydad’s defence in the opening stages of the match and they scored in the third minute.

Abdalla El Said set up Moamen Zakaria, who fired past Wydad goalkeeper Zouheir Laaroubi to make it 1-0 to Al Ahly.

But the Red Devils fans inside the Borg Al Arab Stadium were silenced in the 16th minute as the visitors equalized.

Achraf Bencharki headed home Mohamed Ounajem’s delightful cross to make it 1-1 for Wydad with the Al Ahly defence exposed.

The momentum was with the Red Devils, who pressed the Kings of Titles with the half-time break fast approaching.

However, Wydad managed to contain Al Ahly and the score was 1-1 at the interval.

Zakaria had a chance to grab his brace from a free-kick 20 minutes into the second-half and restore the hosts’ lead.

However, Laaroubi was alert and he made a comfortable save to deny the hard-working centre forward.

Al Ahly did most of the attacking in the closing stages of the match, but they found it difficult to unlock the Wydad defence.

Veteran striker Emad Moteab was introduced by Al Ahly in the latter stages.

However, Wydad stood firm at the back and the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

Al Ahly (1) 1 (Zakaria 3′)

Wydad (1) 1 (Bencharki 16′)

Al Ahly XI: Ekramy; Fathy, Nagiub, Saad, Maaloul, El-Sulaya, Rabia (Hamoudi 78′), Zakaria, Abdallah, Ajayi (Soliman 65′ Moteab 86′), Azarou.

Wydad XI: Laaroubi, Rabeh, Ouattara, Noussir, Saidi, El Karti, Nakach, Gaddarine, Bencharki, Ounajem (Khadrouf 27′), El Haddad (Doa 83′).



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CAF Champhions League: Al Ahly 1-1 Wydad Casablanca – AS IT HAPPENED


Al Ahly’s player John Antwi (L) in action against an Wydad Casablanca player Salaheddine Saidii (R) during the African Champions League (CAF) group stage match between Al Ahly and Asec Mimosas at Borg Al Arab stadium in Alexandria, Egypt, 16 July 2016. EPA/KHALED ELFIQI

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Oct 28, 2017. 20:51


That’s all from the Borg El Arab Stadium. The second-leg clash will be played in Casablanca, Morocco on the 4th of November 2017

Lineups:

Al Ahly XI: Ekramy; Fathy, Nagiub, Saad, Maaloul, El-Sulaya, Rabia, Zakaria, Abdallah, Ajayi, Azarou.

Wydad XI: Laaroubi, Rabeh, Ouattara, Noussir, Saidi, El Karti, Nakach, Gaddarine, Bencharki, Ounajem, El Haddad.

Commentary:

FULL-TIME: Al Ahly 1-1 Wydad.

90′ – The fourth official has added four minutes.

85′ – Al Ahly sub: Moteab IN, Soliman OUT.

83′ – Wydad sub: Doa IN, El Haddad OUT.

80′ – Al Ahly are still doing most of the attacking, while Wydad are happy to sit back and defend.

78′ – Al Ahly sub: Hamoudi IN, Rabia OUT.

75′ – Al Ahly full-back Maaloul’s dangerous curling cross is cleared away by Wydad defender Noussir.

70′ – Twenty minutes left on the clock for Al Ahly to snatch a late winning goal.

65′ – Al Ahly striker Zakaria’s free-kick is saved by Wydad keeper Laaroubi.

63′ – Al Ahly sub: Soliman IN, Ajayi OUT.

60′ – It is still 1-1 as we reach the hour-mark here in Borg El Arab.

55′ – Al Ahly striker Zakaria’s effort is blocked inside the Wydad box

50′ – End-to-end stuff as Wydad are launching attacks against the hosts, who are looking to restore their lead.

46′ – The second-half is underway.

HALF-TIME: Al Ahly 1-1 Wydad.

45′ – The fourth official has added three minutes.

40′ – Noussir, the Wydad defender, has been solid at the back as we approach the half-time break.

35′ – Pressure is mounting on the Wydad defence as Al Ahly look to regain the lead.

30′ – GOOD SAVE! Wydad goalkeeper Laaroubi comes out to deny Al Ahly striker Azarou from close range.

27′ – Wydad sub: Khadrouf IN, Ounajem OUT.

25′ – Wydad defender Noussir does well to stop Al Ahly striker inside the box.

20′ – Ounajem played a good cross for Bencharki, who scored.

15′ – GOAL! Al Ahly 1-1 Wydad. Benchark restores parity for the visitors.

10′ – Wydad are now pressing Al Ahly in seasrch of the equalizing goal.

5′ – El Said provided an assist for Zakaria’s well taken goal.

3′ – GOAL! Al Ahly 1-0 Wydad. Zakaria gives the hosts the lead with a powerful shot.

1 – The match is underway.



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CAF Champhions League: Al Ahly 1-1 Wydad Casablanca


Al Ahly’s player John Antwi (L) in action against an Wydad Casablanca player Salaheddine Saidii (R) during the African Champions League (CAF) group stage match between Al Ahly and Asec Mimosas at Borg Al Arab stadium in Alexandria, Egypt, 16 July 2016. EPA/KHALED ELFIQI

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Oct 28, 2017. 20:05


Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the 2017 CAF Champions League final first-leg clash between Egyptian giants Al Ahly and Moroccan side Wydad Casablanca at the Borg Al Arab Stadium on Saturday.

Lineups:

Al Ahly XI: Ekramy; Fathy, Nagiub, Saad, Maaloul, El-Sulaya, Rabia, Zakaria, Abdallah, Ajayi, Azarou.

Wydad XI: Laaroubi, Rabeh, Ouattara, Noussir, Saidi, El Karti, Nakach, Gaddarine, Bencharki, Ounajem, El Haddad.

Commentary:

46′ – The second-half is underway.

HALF-TIME: Al Ahly 1-1 Wydad.

45′ – The fourth official has added three minutes.

40′ – Noussir, the Wydad defender, has been solid at the back as we approach the half-time break.

35′ – Pressure is mounting on the Wydad defence as Al Ahly look to regain the lead.

30′ – GOOD SAVE! Wydad goalkeeper Laaroubi comes out to deny Al Ahly striker Azarou from close range.

27′ – Wydad sub: Khadrouf IN, Ounajem OUT.

25′ – Wydad defender Noussir does well to stop Al Ahly striker inside the box.

20′ – Ounajem played a good cross for Bencharki, who scored.

15′ – GOAL! Al Ahly 1-1 Wydad. Benchark restores parity for the visitors.

10′ – Wydad are now pressing Al Ahly in seasrch of the equalizing goal.

5′ – El Said provided an assist for Zakaria’s well taken goal.

3′ – GOAL! Al Ahly 1-0 Wydad. Zakaria gives the hosts the lead with a powerful shot.

1 – The match is underway.



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Wydad Casablanca’s Mohammad Ounnajem out to stun Al Ahly in CAF Champions League final – 2017 CAF Champions League


Mohammed Ounnajem (C) of Wydad Casablanca

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Oct 27, 2017. 16:30


Wydad Casablanca’s playmaker Mohammad Ounnajem says they cannot afford to concede in Egypt as they visit Al Ahly for the first leg of their CAF Champions League final.

Ounnajem says their primary target is to do their best and ensure they wrap up the encounter at home next weekend.

I HOPE THERE ARE MORE GOALS TO COME – KELECHI IHEANACHO

Coach Hossam El-Badry’s men are buoyed by an impressive 6-2 thrashing of Tunisia’s Etoile Sportive du Sahel at home in the second leg of the semifinal last weekend.

“We will focus on avoiding a repeat of what happened last year against Zamalek. We will do our best to get a positive result in Alexandria and not leak any goals,” Ounnajem told a Moroccan television channel.

“In the second leg, we will have the advantage of playing before our hugely supportive fans.

“It will not be easy against Ahly; our group stage meetings were very tough.”

The Borg El-Arab Stadium will host the encounter at 19:00 (CAT) on Saturday, October 28.



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Al Ahly, Wydad clash for CAFCL crown


Al Ahly’s player Emad Moteab (C) in action against Wydad Casablanca player Youssef Rabeh (R) and Amine Attouchi (L)

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Bertin Basson

Thursday Oct 26, 2017. 14:30


Al Ahly and Wydad Casablanca will renew their rivalry in the final of the 2017 CAF Champions League this Saturday, with a place atop Africa’s footballing summit up for grabs.

The first-leg will take place at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria. Kick-off is at 19h00 CAT.

Having clashed in the group stages of this year’s competition, the two North African giants will do battle once more – this time in the showpiece of Africa’s premier club competition.

For the victor a place at the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates will be secured, alongside the honour of being crowned the continents best.

Al Ahly, who have set their sights on an unmatched ninth CAFCL crown, beat Étoile du Sahel 7-2 on aggregate to seal their place in an 11th final.

The Red Devils lost 2-1 in Sousse, but turned on the style in Egypt to register a 6-2 win. Walid Azaro with a hat-trick for the hosts.

As for Wydad, the Moroccans followed a goalless draw in Algiers with a 3-1 win over USM Alger in Casablanca as they take aim at a second CAFCL crown – having clinched the 1992 showpiece. Achraf Bencharki at the double in the second-leg.

Wydad goalkeeper Zouheir Laaroubi is under no illusion of the task facing his troops this weekend, and hopes that the Moroccan outfit will suffer limited damage in Alexandria.

“The game will be very tough and difficult, everyone knows who Al Ahly are and how difficult the games against them are,” said Laaroubi.

“Al Ahly’s victory against Étoile will motivate us to gather our strength as we prepare for the game, we want to end up with the least possible damage before the second leg in Morocco,” the shot-stopper concluded.

Azaro, who found form at the perfect time for the ‘Club of the Century’, thanked Al Ahly head coach Hossam El Badry for showing him faith, as he now aims to shoot down his fellow countrymen.

“I wanted to score in every match, but was constantly unlucky,” said the Morocco-born forward .”I thank coach Hossam for persevering with me.

“However, we have to forget what we did against ESS and focus on Wydad, who will be difficult opponents to overcome.”

The two teams claimed respective 2-0 wins in their group stage match-ups, with Wydad going on to top Group D.

The reverse fixture at the Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca is set to take place on Saturday, 4 November 2017.



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50 000 fans allowed to watch Al Ahly’s CAF Champins League final – 2017 CAF Champions League


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Oct 26, 2017. 11:00


Egyptian Premier League side Al Ahly has been granted permission to allow 50 000 fans to watch the firstcar leg of the CAF Champions Legaue final.

The Red Devils will welcome Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca in the first leg of the final at Borg El-Arab Stadium on Saturday.

GHANA FA CHANGES VENUE FOR EGYPT QUALIFIER

Executive manager, Shereen Shams has revealed that the Egyptian authority has only allowed 50 000 fans to attend the continental premier tournament’s final.

The Red Devils booked a spot in the final after knocking out Tunisia’s Étoile du Sahel 7-4 on aggregate.

“We have asked to increase the fans to 70,000 but the security has only agreed to 50,000. The club totally respect and understand the authority’s decision, although we hoped there would be an increase in the numbers,” Shams said.

“The match tickets will be sent to the club’s headquarters within hours and the fans will be able to reserve their tickets through the club’s website.”

Coach Hossam El-Badry’s side will want to bag their ninth continental crown, but they will have to beat Casablanca, who managed to lift the title only once in 1992 against Sudan’s Al-Hilal Club.



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Al Ahly ask CAF to have Champions League final on Sunday – 2017 CAF Champions League


Al Ahly player Ali Maâloul (L) celebrates after soccer his goal during the 2017 CAF Champions League game between Al Ahly and Etoile Sportive at Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria, Egypt on in Alexandria, Egypt on 22 October 2017 © BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Oct 24, 2017. 13:30


Egyptian Premier League champions Al Ahly have requested to play their first-leg of the CAF Champions League on Sunday at home.

The Red Devils are set to face Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca in the final after beating Etoile du Sahel 6-2 (7-4 on aggregate) in the semi-final second leg on Sunday.

Media reports suggest that Ahly have written to CAF to request for the final to be played on Sunday and are now waiting for confirmation from the continental football governing body.

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Furthermore, the Cairo giants are also looking at bringing 70 000 fans to watch the encounter.

“Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry asked to play the first leg of the CAF Champions League final on Sunday, and we are waiting for the Confederation’s response, because they put forward 27, 28 and 29 October, asking us to choose one of them,” Ahly’s Sherin Shams said on Monday.

“We are waiting for the CAF response within two days from now.

“We’re asking for 70,000 fans to attend the game to support the team, as it is the official capacity of the Borg El-Arab Stadium.

“We won’t ask for 80,000 to attend the game, as reported, but we will ask for the official capacity of the stadium.”

The first leg of the final will be staged in Egypt this weekend and the return leg in Morocco on November 4.



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Emad Meteb rubbishes feud with Al Alhy coach Hossam El-Badry – 2017 CAF Champions League


Ahly’s striker Emad Meteb

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Oct 23, 2017. 18:00


Although he was unhappy when he was subbed against Al Ittihad, Al Ahly striker Emad Meteb says he is on good terms with coach Hossam El-Badry.

The veteran striker was seen throwing away his training bib in a show of disagreement with his coach’s substitution decision against Al Ittihad in the Egyptian Premier League last week

However, the 34-year old striker was included in the CAF Champions League squad to face Etoile Sahel and featured in their 6-2 semifinal win.

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Meteb came on in the second stanza to replace Junior Ajayi.

“There is no crisis with Hossam El-Badry. I respect him very much and there is nothing that affects our relationship,” he said to the BBC.

“There may be a difference of views on some things but our relationship has not been affected by any difference of views.

“The circumstances and outcome of the match allowed me to play. I always want to play and have an impact with the team.”



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Al Ahly coach explains how easy it was to beat Etoile Sahel in Champions League – 2017 CAF Champions League


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Oct 23, 2017. 15:00


After a hard fought win at home in their CAF Champions League semi-final on Sunday, Al Ahly coach Hossam El Badry reveals how he beat Etoile Sportive du Sahel.

The Red Devils bagged a 6-2 win at the Borg El-Arab Stadium after a 2-1 loss in the opening leg away in Tunisia.

El Badry states that Sahel had two main problems that he exploited to achieve the win which saw them qualify to the CAF Champions League final.

AL AHLY CRUSH ETOILE SAHEL TO REACH CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL

“Before the game, we only focused on the victory and not conceding any goals from Etoile du Sahel. We initially played for the 1-0 win, but with god’s will and the players’ efforts, it became easier and we managed to score a lot more,” said El-Badry.

“We were dealing with Etoile du Sahel with their positive and negative aspects, which we studied very well before the game.

“They have two main problems: the players’ positioning and and the wide space between the midfielders and the defenders, which we managed to exploit perfectly.

“We will celebrate the win today and then start preparing for the final against Wydad Casablanca as they are a very strong and special team.”

The Egyptian giants will face Wydad Casablanca in the first leg final in Egypt on October 27 and will play the return leg in Morocco on November 4.



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Al Ahly crush Etoile Sahel to reach Champions League final


Al Ahly player Ali Maâloul (L) celebrates after soccer his goal during the 2017 CAF Champions League game between Al Ahly and Etoile Sportive at Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria, Egypt on in Alexandria, Egypt on 22 October 2017 © BackpagePix

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Brian Lee

Sunday Oct 22, 2017. 21:15


Egyptian giants Al Ahly were in spectacular form, scoring six goals as they crushed Tunisian side Etoile Sahel 6-2 in the second leg of their CAF Champions League semifinal at the Borg-El Arab Stadium on Sunday night.

The emphatic win, combined with the 2-1 score line in the first leg last weekend, sees Al Ahly into the final of the African continent’s biggest club competition, 7-4, on aggregate where they will face Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca.

USM Alger succumb to a 3-1 loss in Casablanca

Al Ahly got off to the perfect start with the game’s opening goal in the third minute courtesy of a clinical finish from Ali Maaloul, 1-0 (2-2 on aggregate)

The Egyptian side continued to dominate matters after that and managed to double their lead in the 23rd minute when Walid Asarou found the back of the net with a good strike, 2-0 (3-2 on aggregate).

Five minutes before the half time break Walid Asarou scored his second of the game and his side’s third after wrapping up a clinical passing move with a neat finish, 3-0 (4-2 on aggregate).

Al Ahly started the second half like they finished the first when Walid Asarou grabbed his third goal of the game and his side’s fourth three minutes into the stanza, 4-0 (5-2 aggregate).

Etoile Sahel tried to find their way back into the match and pulled a goal back in the 51st minute thanks to a strike from Rami Bedoui, 4-1 (5-3 on aggregate).

The Tunisian side’s joy, though, was short-lived when Al Ahly found their fifth goal of the game courtesy of an own goal from Hamdi Nagguez on the hour mark, 5-1 (6-3 on aggregate).

The icing on the cake for the Egyptian side was their sixth goal on the night, scored by Ramy Rabia in the 63rd minute, 6-1 (7-3 on aggregate).

Etoile Sahel did have the last say with their second goal of the game in the 91st minute thanks to a strike from Iheb Msakni, 6-2 (7-4 on aggregate).

Al Ahly (2) 6 (Maaloul 2’, Azarou 23’, 40’+ 48’, Nagguez 60’, Rabia 63’)

Etoile Sahel (0) 2 (Bedoui 51’, Msakni 91’)

Teams

Al Ahly: Ekramy, Hany, Rabia, Samir, Maaloul, Elsoulia, Zakaria, Naguib, Gomaa (Soliman 29’), Azarou (Nedved 75’), Ajayi (Moteab 68’).

Etoile Sahel: Mathlouthi, Nagguez, Bedoui, Boughattas, Abderrazzak (Konate 73’), Trabelsi, Ben Amor, Lahmar (Msakini 46’), Diogo Acosta, Brigui (Marie 62’), Bangoura.



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Agent: Al Ahly yet to receive Ramadan’s last installment – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Oct 20, 2017. 13:30


English Premier League (EPL) side Stoke City has paid the last installment to Egyptian giants Al Ahly.

City signed the 20-year-old midfielder from Al Ahly on 25 July 2016 and the deal was said to be worth £5 million.

However, Sobhi’s agent Nader Shawky has disclosed that Al Ahly are yet to receive the last installment.

Record eight-time African champions Al Ahly haven’t received it yet because they have some legal issues.

“Stoke City paid the last installment to Al Ahly on time,” Shawky told King Fut.

“Al Ahly however was not able to receive the money due to the pending case they currently have following a dispute with the company that used to run the club’s TV channel,” he concluded.

The midfielder has made five league appearances for City this season.



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Al Ahly, Etoile battle for CAFCL final spot


Étoile Sportive du Sahel player (L) fights for the ball with Al Ahly Sporting Club player Oluwafemj Ajayi (R) during the African Champions League 2017 match between Tunisian Étoile Sportive du Sahel and Egyptian Al Ahly Sporting Club in Sousse, Tunisia on 01 October 2017 © BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Thursday Oct 19, 2017. 17:00


Al Ahly and Étoile Sportive du Sahel will lock horns in a highly anticipated 2017 CAF Champions League semifinal second-leg showdown at the Borg-El Arab Stadium on Sunday evening.

Kick-off is at 19h00 CAT.

The Tunisians head to Alexandria in control following a 2-1 win in the reverse fixture earlier this month.

Alaya Brigui and Mohamed Amine Ben Amor with the goals for the hosts at the Stade Olympique de Sousse, but Saleh Gomaa’s away goal for the Egyptians could prove decisive.

Aggregate victory will secure Al Ahly’s place in the CAF CL final for an unprecedented 11th time – with the Egyptians having clinched Africa’s premier cup competition on eight previous occasions.

One of only two defeats in the showpiece came against Étoile 10 years ago. The Tunisians clinching a 3-1 win over their counterparts in Egypt, after the first leg in Sousse ended in a goalless stalemate.

Victory served as revenge for ESS, with the club having suffered defeat to their North African rivals in the 2005 final. Al Ahly claiming a 3-0 aggregate win to hold the crown aloft.

Al Ahly head coach Hossam el Badry is counting on the club’s loyal fan base to help the team across the line in Alexandria this weekend.

“I am sure fan support on Sunday will ease our mission to snatch the qualifying ticket,” El Badry told his club’s official website.

“The attendance of 50,000 fans – approved by security authorities – will definitely be a positive boost for the team to overcome the loss,” he concluded.

Victor Gomes of South Africa will officiate the encounter.

The winner will come up against either USM Alger or Wydad Casablanca in the 2017 CAFCL final. The first-leg in Algiers finished in a 0-0 draw.



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Al Ahly suffer massive blow ahead of Champions League semifinal – 2017 CAF Champions League


Al Ahly’s Hossam Ashour in continental action against Orlando Pirates

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Oct 18, 2017. 18:00

Al Ahly are set to miss the services of midfielder Hossam Ashour after he is ruled out of the CAF Champions League semifinal match against Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel.

The midfielder is ruled out for the second time as they will host the second-leg at Alexandria’s Borg El-Arab Stadium on Sunday.

Ashour was ruled out of the 2-1 first-leg loss in Sousse due to a knee injury early this month and will not be able to take part this weekend.

Media reports suggest that Ashour sustained a groin problem in Monday’s 4-1 league victory over lowly Ragaa.

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“Scans showed that Ashour has sustained a groin tear,” Ahly doctor Khaled Mahmoud said.

“As a result, he will not be able to take part against Etoile on Sunday.”

The 31-year-old was a forced substitution against Ragaa in the 24th minute despite making no contact with an opponent.

With both Mohamed Fathi and Ashour now confirmed out of the game, it remains to be seen how Ahly would line up against Etoile, with the Cairo giants needing a victory to go through to the final.



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Al Ahly go down to Etoile Sahel – 2017 CAF Champions League


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Brian Lee

Sunday Oct 01, 2017. 21:38


Egyptian giants Al Ahly suffered a 2-1 defeat to Tunisia’s Etoile Sportive du Sahel away from home in a CAF Champions League, first leg semifinal match at the Stade Olympique de Sousse on Sunday, October 1.

The home side got off to a good start and managed to open the scoring in the 16th minute when Alaya Brigui found the back of the net, 1-0.

Etoile Sahel continued to control the match after that, but their decision making in the final third was poor which meant they were unable to double their lead before the half time break.

The Egyptians came out a much better side in the second half and managed to apply pressure on the home side’s goal.

Al Ahly were rewarded for their efforts in the 65th minute when Salah Gomaa equalised a minute after coming off the bench, 1-1.

The Egyptian side’s joy, however, was short-lived when Etoile Sahel re-took the lead ten minutes later courtesy of a goal from Mohamed Ben Amor, 2-1.

Al Ahly tried to find their way back into the game after that, but Etoile Sahel managed to hold on for the victory.

The two sides will meet again in the second leg in three weeks’ time with the winner on aggregate progressing into the final of the CAF Champions League.

Despite suffering defeat Al Ahly will be happy with the fact that they got an away goal will look to make that count in the return leg.

Etoile Sportive du Sahel (1) 2 (Brigui 16’, Ben Amor 75’)

Al Ahly (0) 1 (Gomaa 65’)

Teams

Etoile Sahel: Mathlouthi, Nagguez, Konate, Boughattas, Abderrazzak, Brigui, Ben Amor, Msakni, Trabelsi, Bangoura, Marei (Chermiti 79’).

Al Ahly: Ekramy, Fathy, Rabia, Samir, Maaloul, Soleya, Hesham Mohamed (Hany 46’), El-Said, Soliman, Azarou (Gomaa 65’), Ajayi.



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Al Ahly, Etoile renew their rivalry


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Bertin Basson

Saturday Sep 30, 2017. 10:00


Al Ahly and Étoile Sportive du Sahel will renew their rivalry in the CAF Champions League when they go head-to-head in a semifinal first-leg clash at the Stade Olympique de Sousse on Sunday evening.

Kick-off is at 18h30 local time (19h30 CAT).

The Red Devils are unrivaled in Africa’s premier club competition, and will be aiming to reach an 11th final in the CAFCL with victory over two-legs.

Al Ahly booked their place in the final four following a 4-3 aggregate win over Espérance de Tunis, and will now be eyeing victory over another Tunisian outfit.

The ‘Club of the Century’ were held to a 2-2 draw at home, but showed their mettle in Radès to emerge as aggregate winners over Espérance, Junior Ajayi with the decisive goal on the day.

ESS, who clinched the 2007 title following a 3-1 aggregate win over this weekend’s counterparts, beat Libyan outfit Al-Ahli Tripoli in the semifinals. Amr Marey with a brace in the second-leg for the Tunisian powerhouse.

The result is one of only two defeats suffered by Al Ahly in a final, with the Egyptians boasting no fewer than eight titles. The Red Devils beat their North African counterparts 3-0 overall in the 2005 final.

Al Ahly, though, haven’t won the CAFCL in four years, and are growing ever restless heading to the Mediterranean coast.

“Our fantastic fans are demanding that we win the Champions League this year,” said Al Ahly head coach Hossam el Badry.

“They want a ninth star on our shirts and a chance to compete against the best at the FIFA Club World Cup.

“Our target is to win the Champions League this year – nothing less,” he concluded.

Gabonese match official Eric Otogo-Castane will take charge of the clash.

The reverse fixture will take place in Alexandria on the 20th of October 2017.



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AL Ahly eye a ninth Champions League trophy – 2017 CAF Champions League


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Sep 29, 2017. 09:30


Fresh from a thrilling CAF Champions League quarter-final second leg encounter against Tunisia’s Esperance, Al Ahly are out to down Etoile Sportive du Sahel in the semis.

The Cairo-based club shocked Esperance in Tunis last weekend, coming from behind to clinch a 2-1 win and will now face another Tunisian giant in the semis this Sunday.

Coach Hossam El-Badry says their fans are pushing them to win the CAF Champions League this year and they will fight to do so.

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“Our fantastic fans are demanding that we win the Champions League this year,” said El-Badry.

“They want a ninth star on our shirts and a chance to compete against the best at the FIFA Club World Cup.

“Our target is winning the Champions League this year – nothing less.”

The two African giants have previously clashed twice in the Champions League finals with Ahly winning 3-0 in 2005 and Sahel turning the tables two years later with a stunning 3-1 victory.



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Al Ahly qualify for Champs League semis


Al Ahly player Abdalla El Said

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Sep 24, 2017. 00:03


Al Ahly overcame Esperance de Tunis 2-1 in the 2017 CAF Champions League encounter quarter-final second-leg match at the Stade Olympique de Radès on Saturday night.

The win sees the Egypt’s A Ahly qualify for the semi-finals after winning the tie 4-3 on aggregate, while Tunisian giants Esperance bow out of the tournament.

Esperance broke the deadlock after they were awarded a penalty six minutes before the half-time break.

Taha Yassine Khenissi hit the back of the net to make it 1-0 to Esperance much to the delight of the home crowd.

The score was 1-0 to Esperance at half-time and they were leading 3-2 on aggregate against the Red Devils.

Ali Maaloul tapped into an empty net to make it 1-1 for Al Ahly five minutes after the restart.

The Red Devils were dominating and Nigerian Junior Ajayi headed past Esperance gpalkeeper Moez Ben Cherifia to make it 2-0 to Al Ahly.

Al Ahly defended very well in the closing stages and they emerged 2-1 winners over Esperance.

Esperance (1) 1 (Khenissi 40′)

Al Ahly (0) 2 (Maaloul 50′, Ajayi 62′)

Esperance: Ben Cherifia, Chemmam (Errabei 70′), M’barki, Dhaouadi, Machani, Kom (Sassi 67′), Bguir, Coulibaly, Chalali, Badri (Ben Youssef 84′), Khenissi.

Al Ahly: Ekramy; Fathi, Rabia, Nagiub, Maaloul; Ashour, El-Sulaya; Moamen (Ajayi 46′), Abdallah, Walid (Hesham 82′), Azarou (Hany 92′).



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Étoile, Al Ahli battle for semifinal spot in Sousse


Al Ahly Tripoli player Mohamed Al Ghanodi (C) in action against Etoile Sportive player Zied Boughattas (R) and Aymen Sfaxi (L)

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Bertin Basson

Friday Sep 22, 2017. 14:30


Étoile du Sahel and Al-Ahli Tripoli will cross swords in a 2017 CAF Champions League second-leg, quarterfinal showdown at the Stade Olympique de Sousse on Sunday evening.

The match on the Gulf of Hammamet will kick-off at 7:30pm CAT (6:30pm local time).

Étoile will be favourites to progress, but Al-Ahli will fancy their chances following a 0-0 stalemate in the reverse fixture last weekend. The match at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria was hotly contested, and a similar scenario is set to transpire in Sousse.

The first-leg was played at a neutral venue in Egypt due to political turmoil in Libya. This favoured the ‘visitors’, but they were unable to conjure an away goal as they ended the game with 10-men following Diego Acosta’s sending off.

As a result, the Brazilian forward – who has scored four goals in the CAFCL this season – will miss the second-leg clash.

Al-Ahli Tripoli will be aiming to take advantage of his absence in Sousse as they boast a star striker of their won. Muaid Ellafi has found the back of the net on six occasions in Africa’s premier cup competition this season.

ESS remain unbeaten in the CAFCL this season, having registered three wins and three draws on their way to topping their group. The 2007 champions average three-goals a game on home soil, but were held to a 1-1 draw by Al Hilal in Sousse – something their Libyan counterparts will be hoping to replicate.

Al-Ahli have made steady progress on their travels with a heavy defeat away to MC Alger followed by a 4-2 win over CAPS United in Zimbabwe. They rounded off their group stage campaign with a 2-2 draw against Zamalek to seal progression.

The aggregate winner will face a tough task in the semifinals as they will come up against either two-time champions Espérance de Tunis, or eight-time winners – the mighty – Al Ahly.

Zambian match official Janny Sikazwe will take charge of the match.



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