SAT 02 MAY 2015, 20:00, CAIRO


Africa’s kings Ahly bow out of Champions League

by Stephane DeSaintsalvy

Sat May 02, 22:30

Eight-time African champions Ahly suffered a round of 16 exit in the CAF Champions League for the second consecutive year on Saturday.

The Cairo giants fell 2-4 on penalties to Moghreb Tetouan at Petro Sports Stadium, after the tie ended 1-1 on aggregate.

Defeated 1-0 in Morocco in the first leg, the ‘Red Devils’ levelled matters in the 42nd minute, thanks to playmaker Abdallah El-Saied.

But the locals failed to give themselves the two-goal cushion they needed to advance, with the visitors even coming close to equalising through striker Mohcine Iajour and defender Mourtada Fall in the second half.

The two sides had to settle for a nerve-wracking shootout that saw attacking midfielder Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’ and skipper Hossam Ghaly miss their attempts to send the Moroccans to the last eight of the prestigious tournament.

The continental blow adds to Ahly’s national misery, with Juan Carlos Garrido’s men trailing archrivals Zamalek by 11 points at the top of the Egyptian Premier League table.

However, the Cairo giants will still have the opportunity to defend their Confederation Cup crown after becoming the first Egypt’s outfit to claim glory in Africa’s second-tier clubs competition last season.

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