Al Ahly sealed a first-place finish in their Group A of the 2015 Confederation Cup, after enjoying a 1-0 victory over Stade Malien in Suez on Saturday.
Tied with Etoile du Sahel on 13 points following the Sousse-based outfit’s 2-1 home win over Espérance de Tunis at the same time, with the two sides unable to separate themselves on head-to-head record, the Cairo giants have a better goal difference to thank for finishing on top.
Hour-mark substitute Amr Gamal scored the winner for Ahly at the Suez Stadium with 15 minutes remaining.
The eight-time African champions and Confed Cup’s title holders will know their last-four opponents on Sunday, when Group B leading duo of Zamalek and Orlando Pirates will also battle for first place at Petro Sport Stadium in Cairo.
Meanwhile, Stade Malien are bidding farewell to the competition with only 5 points to their name and a third-place finish at the end of the group stage.
Ahly: Sherif Ekrami; Sabri Rahil, Saad Samir, Mohamed Naguib, Ahmed Fathi; Hossam Ashour, Abdallah El-Said, Moamen Zakaria (Walid Soliman 75), Ramadan Sobhi; Emad Meteb (Amr Gamal 60), Malick Evouna (Ahmed Abdel-Zaher 88)
Stade Malien: Djigui Diarra, Oumar Koné, Pierre Dailan, Mamadou Coulibaly, Moussakoye Diallo, Moussa Coulibaly, Issaka Samake (Ousmane Diabate 53), Mamadou Doumbia (Souleymane Traore 80), Ouroakondo Tanko, Doumande Siekoua, Bourama Coulibaly