Etoile du Sahel beat Al Ahly 1-0 in their opening 2019/20 CAF Champions League Group B match at the Stade Olympique de Radès in Tunisia on Friday night.
Nicknamed the Jewel Coast, Etoile managed to contain Al Ahly’s Red Devils in the opening stages of the encounter.
Al Ahly suffered a blow just 13 minutes into the match when Ayman Achraf was given a straight red card after making a dangerous challenge and the visitors were reduced to 10 players.
Etoile then applied some pressure on the visitors’ defence with towering attacker Yassine Chikhaoui ready to pounce and score.
However, the score was 0-0 at the interval with 10-man Al Ahly having contained Etoile.
The Jewel Coast continued to attack after the restart and their pressure finally paid off five minutes into the second-half.
The FC Zürich player Chikhaoui was the man who beat Egypt’s first-choice goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy in the Al Ahly goal-posts.
The Jewel Coast then stood firm at the back with experienced defender Ammar Jemal working hard in defence to stop the Red Devils in the closing stages of the game.
Ultimately, Etoile secured a hard-fought 1-0 victory over record-eight time Champions League winners Al Ahly.
Etoile (0) 1 (Chikhaoui 50′)
Al Ahly (0) 0
Etoile: Krir, Boughattas, Jemal, Konate, Ben Ouannes, Mathnani, Baayou (Boukhenchouche 82′), Hannachi, Kechrida, Bedoui (Aribi 46′), Chikhaoui (Haj H 61′).
Al Ahly: El Shenway, Fathy, Rabia, Ashraf, Maaloul (Dieng 68′), Afsha, Al Sulaya, Sobhi, Soliman (Hany 30′), El Shahat ( Azaro 60′), Ajayi.