Al Ahly hold Wits to edge into group stage

Al Ahly hold Wits to edge into group stage
Amr Gamal of Al Ahly challenged by Thabang Monaro of Bidets Wits during the 2017 Caf Champions League match between Bidvest Wits v Al Ahly at the Bidvest Stadium, South Africa on 19 March 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Sunday Mar 19, 2017. 17:42

Egyptian giants Al Ahly held Bidvest Wits to a goalless draw in Johannesburg, South Africa, to secure qualification for the group stage of the CAF Champions League.

Leading 1-0 from the first leg in Cairo last weekend, the Red Devils put in a disciplined performance to hold the Clever Boys 0-0 and secure a 1-0 aggregate victory overall.

The first half saw almost no scoring chances created from open play, but Wits threatened an opener just before the break from a couple of set pieces.

First, a Daine Klate free kick was glanced toward the far post by Frank Mhango, but goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy made a fine save to turn the ball behind.

The subsequent corner kick saw the ball fall kindly for Mhango, whose turn and shot had the beating of the ‘keeper but rebounded off the outside of the near post.

Wits looked to go more direct in attack in the second half with the introduction of Eleazar Rodgers off the bench, and the lanky striker had a couple of notable chances which he wasn’t quite able to capitalise on.

Ahly were happy to play on the counter attack and almost snatched an away goal when youngster Amr hit the post.

The Egyptians will be one of 16 teams to play in the new-look group stage of the continental competition, which will be staged from May to July.

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