Sunday Sep 28, 2014. 21:10
Al Ahly defeated Coton Sport 2-1 in Cairo on Sunday evening to book a place in the final of the CAF Confederation Cup.
The Egyptian giants advanced 3-1 on aggregate (having won the first leg in Cameroon 1-0 last weekend) and booked a place in the final of Africa’s second tier club competition for the first time since 1993.
They will face Cote d’Ivoire’s Sewe Sport in the two-legged final in late November and early December.
The visitors started strongly and almost opened the scoring in the third minute, with Kamilou Daouda denied by a brilliant save from goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy.
However, there was nothing Ekramy could do to prevent Coton taking the lead in the 14th minute, as Daouda set up Jean-Joseph Kombous, who held off two defenders before steering home a shot.
Al Ahly thought they had equalised in the 37th minute when Amr Gamal powered home a header from a corner kick, but Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe awarded the Coton goalkeeper a free kick and disallowed the goal.
Yet just five minutes later Moussa Yedan levelled the game for the Egyptians, curling home a shot from the left of the penalty area to send the game into half time locked at 1-1.
Ten minutes into the second half Al Ahly almost moved into the lead, with Walid Soliman striking the woodwork from a free kick.
With just 13 minutes left of regulation time, Soliman again struck the frame of the goal from a free kick. However, Gamal reacted quickest to the rebound and found the back of the net to put the Cairo club 2-1 in the lead.