Egypt’s Al Ahly excludes Kaizer Chiefs and records 10th African Champions League win overwinning

Egyptian giants Al Ahly secured a record-lengthening 10th African Champions League title after beating South Africa’s 10-man Kaizer Chiefs 3-0 in Saturday’s final.

The Cairo club has now won twice the number of Champions League titles than the next most successful club – their neighbors Zamalek.

Mohamed Sherif opened the scoring eight minutes into the second half, followed by goals for Magdi Afsha and Amr El-Sulaya in a dominant display in an empty Mohamed V stadium in Casablanca.

Soweto club Chiefs, who played in their first Champions League final, had to play back to 10 men throughout the second half after Happy Mashiane was sent off on the stroke of half time for a brash studs-high challenge.

It basically killed every chance for the South Africans, who had played the game on the back foot as they tried to catch the Egyptians on the counter-attack.

Al Ahly dominated for most of the game, as the Chiefs managed to get just one shot on target, looking out of their depths as they regularly passed possession and made many basic mistakes.

Sherif broke the deadlock after a clever run between the Chiefs defense to collect a defence-splitting pass from Akram Tawfik and finish from a tight corner.

Afsha doubled the score 11 minutes later with a curling shot from the edge of the box, with the Chiefs defense easily turned inside out.

Sherif then went on to become supplier with a smart heel to let El-Sulaya score the third in the 74th minute. He also batted in from the penalty area.

It was also a third Champions League title for Ahly’s South African coach Pitso Mosimane, who took on the club he supported as a boy.

(REUTERS)

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