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

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.


“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

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’)


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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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

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 go down to Etoile Sahel – 2017 CAF Champions League

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’)


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

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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Amr Marei brace sends Etoile Sahel into the semis

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

Graeme Jackson

Sunday Sep 24, 2017. 21:43

Amr Marei struck early in each half as Etoile Sahel defeated Al Ahly Tripoli on Sunday night to seal a place in the CAF Champions League semifinals.

The Tunisian giants defeated their Libyan visitors 2-0 in the teams’ quarterfinal, second leg match at the Olympic Stadium in Sousse. The first leg last weekend finished in a goalless draw.

Etoile claimed an early lead through Amr Marei, who struck home in the 14th minute to see ESS take the ascendancy in the tie.

The 25-year-old Egyptian was on the score sheet again early in the second half, finding the net in the 47th minute to extend his side’s lead to 2-0.

The two-goal victory proved to be enough for ESS, who advanced into the final four to keep alive their dream of adding to their one Champions League title.

Etoile will face Cairo giants Al Ahly in the semifinals, with the first leg set to be staged in Tunisia next weekend and the return game in Egypt on the weekend of October 20-22.

ESS and Ahly famously met in the 2005 and 2007 Champions League finals, with the Egyptian side winning on the former occasion and the Tunisians on the latter.

The other semifinal tie will see Algeria’s USM Alger come up against Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca.

Etoile Sahel (1) 2 (Marei 14’ 47’)

Al Ahly Tripoli 0

Etoile: Mathlouthi, Nagguez, Konate, Bedoui (Boughattas 73’), Trabelsi, Ben Amor, Brigui, Bangoura, Lahmar, Chermiti (Belgacem 79’), Marei

Tripoli: Nashnush, Derbali, Salama, Abboud, Aleyat, Khalleefah, Ahmed (Al Taher 65’), Ali (Ablo 70’), Mabide, Ellafi (Madyen 78’), Al Ghanodi

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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)

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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Al Ahli Tripoli look to upset Etoile du Sahel

Al Ahly Tripoli player Mahmoud Ben Wali (L) fights for the ball with Caps United player Ronald Chitiyo (R) during the 2017 CAF Champions League game between Al Ahly Tripoli and Caps United in Sfax, Tunisia on 21 June 2017 © BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Sep 14, 2017. 17:00

Al Ahli Tripoli will meet with Etoile du Sahel in Alexandria, Egypt on Sunday.

Kick-off is at 20h00 CAT.

The 2017 CAF Champions League quarter-final first-leg match will take place at the Borg El Arab Stadium.

The Boss advanced to the last eight after finishing second in Group B in this year’s competition.

Talaat Youssef, the Al-Ahli coach, is hoping to ensure that the Libyan club reach the semi-finals for the first time.

Meanwhile, Tunisian side Sahel booked their in the quarter-finals after winning Group A.

Sahel coach Hubert Velud is expected to lead the 2007 Champions League winners to the semi-finals.

The winner on aggregate between Al-Ahli and Sahel will square off with either Egyptian giants Al Ahly or Tunisia’s Esperance de Tunis in the semi-finals.

Algerian referee Mehdi Abid Charef will be officiate the match between Al-Ahli and Sahel on Sunday.

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Etoile held to 1-1 stalemate in Sousse

Etoile Sportive du Sahel player Hamdi Nagguez (C) and KTP Mazembe player Jonathan Bolingi (L) fight for the ball during the CAF Confederation Cup soccer match between Etoile Sportive du Sahel of Tunisia and TP Mazembe of RD Congo at the Olympique Stadium in Sousse, Tunisia, 17 September 2016. EPA/STR

Bertin Basson

Sunday Jun 04, 2017. 10:20

Al Hilal Omdurman claimed a credible 1-1 draw away to Étoile du Sahel in a 2017 CAF Champions League clash at the Stade Olympique de Sousse on Saturday evening.

Despite the stalemate, the Tunisian giants remain three points clear atop of Group A after three rounds of fixtures, despite Ferroviário Beira’s home win in Maputo.

Zied Boughattas finally found the opener in the 57th minute as the defender hammered home on the volley to send the home crowd into ecstasy.

The Sudanese, though, proved their credentials as they stretched their unbeaten run in all competitions to 24 matches with a 80th minute equaliser.

Mohamed Musa with the coolest of finishes, chipping the ball over the Etoile shot-stopper before rolling the ball into the back of the net to secure a point in Sousse.

The result moves Al-Hilal up to three points on the standings while Etoile occupy top spot with seven points.

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Étoile du Sahel out to further their advantage in Group A

epa05508068 Fath Union Sport’s Ahmed Jahouh (R) and Etoile Sportive du Sahel’s Alkhali Bangoura (L) vie for the ball during the CAF Confederation Cup soccer match between Fath Union Sport of Morocco and Etoile Sportive du Sahel of Tunisia at the Moulay El Hassan Stadium in Rabat, Morocco, 23 August 2016. EPA/ABDELHAK SENNA

Bertin Basson

Friday Jun 02, 2017. 19:00

Étoile Sportive du Sahel will set their sights on a third successive win in the 2017 CAF Champions League group stages when they play host to Al Hilal Omdurman at the Stade Olympique de Sousse on Saturday evening.

Kick-off is at 23h45 CAT.

The Tunisian giants are the only team left in Africa’s premier cup competition with a 100 per cent record having recorded back-to-back wins in Group A.

ESS cruised to a 5-0 win over Ferroviário Beira in their opening fixture in Sousse before goals from Diogo Acosta and Hameur Bouazza guided the North African club to an impressive 2-1 win away to Al-Merrikh.

The 2007 champions currently occupy second spot in their domestic league having only suffered one defeat in their last 12 fixtures. That, though, is nothing in comparison to their opponents with Al Hilal boasting an unbelievable 23 game unbeaten run across all competitions.

Al-Hilal, who currently top the Sudanese league standings, got their group stage campaign off to a 1-1 stalemate at home to fierce rivals Al-Merrikh. The Blues Waves followed this result with a goalless draw in Maputo.

The referee for the clash will be Egyptian Mohamed Marouf.

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Super Sub Steals Victory for Etoile Sahel – 2017 CAF Champions League

epa05398143 Etoile Sportive du Sahel players celebrate after scoring a goal during the CAF Champions League soccer match between Etoile Sportive du Sahel of Tunisia and Fath Union of Morocco at Stade Olympique de Sousse, Tunisia, 29 June 2016 EPA/STR

Brian Lee

Tuesday May 23, 2017. 22:14

A 93rd minute goal from Hameur Bouazza handed Tunisian side Etoile Sahel a 2-1 win over Sudanese side Al Merreikh in a CAF Champions League, Group A match at the Al Merreikh Stadium in Omdurman on Tuesday night.

The victory makes it two from two for Etoile Sahel who now top Group A with six points followed by Al Hilal Omdurman in second place with two points after they played to a goalless draw against Ferroviario Da Beira earlier on Tuesday.

Al Merreikh are third in the group with a point to their name followed by bottom placed Ferroviario Da Beira, also on a point but with an inferior goal difference.

The Tunisia side started the better of the two teams on the night and controlled the flow of the match, but for all their possession they struggled to break down a well-organised Al Merreikh defence.

Finally, in the 34th minute Etoile Sahel made their first half dominance count when Diogo Acosta found the back of the net to give them a 1-0 lead going into the break.

The home side showed more of a fight after the break and quickly managed to pull level courtesy of a goal from Bakri Al Madina in the 52nd minute, 1-1.

The match had a nice flow after that with both teams pushing forward in search of another goal, but both were poor in the final third and wasted decent scoring chances.

The match looked to be heading towards a stalemate before Etoile Sahel stole victory in the dying seconds of the tie with a goal from substitute Hameur Bouazza who had only been on the field for four minutes, 2-1.

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Etoile du Sahel and USM Alger impress in Champions League

Ahmed Akaichi of Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia

Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday May 13, 2017. 09:56

The 2017 CAF Champions League group stage matches began on Friday with six matches taking place across the African continent.

Tunisian side Etoile du Sahel hammered Mozambican outfit Ferroviario Beira 5-0 in the Group A encounter at the Stade Olympique de Sousse in Sousse.

Diogo Acosta grabbed a brace for Sahel, while Alkhali Bangoura, Hamza Lahmar and Hameur Bouazza also scored for the home side.

Another Group A encounter saw Sudanese giants Al Hilal Omdurman host their local rivals Al Merreikh at the Al Hilal Stadium in Omdurman.

Shobowale Azeer fired the home side into the lead in the first-half, but Elsamani Saadeldin equalized for the visitors in the second-half as the two sides drew 1-1.

In Group B, Algerian side USM Alger brushed aside Libyan club Al Ahli Tripoli 3-0 at the Stade du 5 Juillet 1962 in Algiers.

Farouk Chafai opened the scoring for the home side, before Carolus Andriamatsinoro doubled their lead. Oussama Darfalou sealed Alger’s win.

Egyptian giants Zamalek defeated Zimbabwean outfit CAPS United 2-0 in the other Group B match at the Borg El-Arab Stadium in Borg El-Arab.

Bassem Morsi broke the deadlock for Zamalek in the second-half, while Stanley Ohawuchi sealed the home side’s win in the late stages of the match.

The only Group C match on day featured Tunisian giants Esperance de Tunis and DR Congo side AS Vita Club at the Stade Olympique de Rades in Rades.

Yazid Atouba fired the visitors into the lead, but Fousseny Coulibaly, Taha Yassine Khenissi and Anice Badri all scored to seal Esperance’s 3-1 victory.

Lastly, Moroccan giants Wydad Casablanca played host to Cameroonian club Coton Sport in a Group D encounter at the Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca.

William Jebor put the home side into the lead in the first-half, while Amine Atouchi sealed Wydad’s 2-0 victory three minutes after the hour-mark.

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