June 25, 2022

CAF Champions League: the ‘decima’ for Al Ahly, winner of the Kaizer Chiefs

And ten for Al Alhy! Facing the South African Kaizer Chiefs, the Cairo club won the tenth African Champions League in its history on Saturday July 17 thanks to goals from Mohamed Sherif, Afsha and El Sulaya (3-0).

In the Mohammed V stadium in Casablanca, closed doors are required because of the health situation in the Maghreb. Not enough to impress the big favorites of the meeting, the Egyptians of Al Ahly who are attacking the South African goal in search of their ‘decima’ in the African Champions League. Taher gets the first chance of the match: a shot blocked for a corner (9th).

If the Egyptian centers are multiplying, the defense of the Kaizer Chiefs is well in place and methodically pushes back all the Egyptian approach attempts. After 45 minutes, Al Ahly can boast of a ball possession of around 75% but this domination remains sterile. In lack of ideas, the Egyptian club must be content with distant strikes, especially Afsha (36th).

An expulsion that frees Al Ahly

A nasty mistake by Mashiane on Tawfik will change the match. If the referee first sends a yellow card to the South African, the VAR rectifies the decision in a logical expulsion (45th + 1).

Well helped by the spaces opened by the expulsion, Al Ahly is much more dangerous in the second period. Afsha finds El Shahat at the far post. After a small festival, he stumbles on the goalkeeper (47th). Moments later, the same Afhsa sees his shot deflected into touch (50th).

The opening scoring inevitably comes from the prolific striker Mohammed Sherif who scores his sixth goal of the competition. Served by a precise pass from Twafik, he deceived Akpeyi with a small dive (53rd, 1-0).

At the foot of the wall, the Kaizer Chiefs try to react by going up a notch. They are immediately punished. On a backlash, Al Ahly finds himself in a 3 against 3 situation and Afsha crucifies the South African goalkeeper by sending the ball into the right skylight (63rd, 2-0). El Sulaya soon imitates him in the left top corner (74th, 3-0).

Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane can rub his hands and celebrate. Since his arrival in September 2020, the South African has already won his ninth and then his tenth Champions League to the Egyptian team and the 2021 African Super Cup. He also led the team to the bronze medal of the last Club World Cup. He writes his legend at the same time as that of the Cairo club.