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Egypt’s Al Ahly win African Champions League for record-extending 10th time #CAFCL

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Egyptian side Al Ahly sealed a record-extending 10th African Champions League title when they beat 10-man Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa 3-0 in Saturday’s final.

The Cairo club have now won double the number of Champions League titles than the next most successful club – their neighbours Zamalek.

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

Chiefs, appearing in their first Champions League final, had to play the entire second half with 10 men after Happy Mashiane was sent off on the stroke of half-time for a studs-up challenge.

It effectively killed off any chance for the South Africans, who had played the game on the back foot – managing only one shot on target – as they looked to catch Al Ahly on the counter-attack.

Sherif broke the deadlock after a clever run between the Chiefs’ defence to collect a pass from Akram Tawfik and finish from a tight angle.

Afsha doubled the lead 11 minutes later with a curling shot from the edge of the box before Sherif turned provider with a clever backheel to set up El-Sulaya in the 74th minute

 

Nigerian, Olufemi Ajayi was with the Champions.

Two Nigerian footballers faced themselves in the final, Daniel Akpeyi was with Kaizer Chiefs while Oluwafemi Junior Ajayi was with Al-Ahly. Ajayi who won the Bronze medal with the Nigerian Olympic team in Brazil in 2016 just won his second CAF Champions League title.

Al-Ahly has played 14 CAF Champions League finals and has won 10, it is called ‘La Decima’, congratulations to Ajayi and Al-Ahly.

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The final was played on Saturday at the Stade Mohammed V in Morocco.

Mohamed Sherif, Mohamed Magdi Afsha, and Amr El Solia scored the goals to secure the trophy for the Egyptian club.

Al Ahly players show joy of winning 10th CAF Champions League title

Al Ahly players show joy of winning 10th CAF Champions League title

Kaiser chiefs( yellow and black jersey) could not stop Al Ahly in the second half

Kaiser chiefs( yellow and black jersey) could not stop Al Ahly in the second half

Al Ahly officials pose with the Total CAF Champions League trophy

Al Ahly officials pose with the Total CAF Champions League trophy

It's 10: Al Ahly players after sweet victory

It’s 10: Al Ahly players after sweet victory

 

Before the end of the first half, the Soweto giants who were making their maiden appearance in the final were reduced to 10 men after midfielder, Happy Mashiane was shown a red card for a horror tackle.

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