Zakaria and Ajayi fire Al Ahly to Group D top spot

Zakaria and Ajayi fire Al Ahly to Group D top spot
epa05842800 Al Ahly's player Moamen Zakaria (R) in action against Bidvest Wits player Nazeer Allie (L) Wangu Gome (C) during the African Champions League (CAF) match between Al Ahly and Bidvest Wits at Salam stadium in Cairo, Egypt, 11 March 2017. EPA/KHALED ELFIQI

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Jun 05, 2017. 07:28

Al Ahly defeated Wydad Casablanca 2-0 in the 2017 CAF Champions League Group D match at the Borg El Arab Stadium on Monday morning.

The victory sees the Egyptian giants climb to the top of the Group D standings, while Morocco's Wydad remain third with three matches played.

The first goal of the game was scored by Al Ahly's in-form midfielder Momen Zakaria six minutes before the half-hour marke as the home side's pressure paid off.

This was the 29-year-old attacker's second goal in as many Champions League matches as he continued to deliver in front of goal for the Red Devils of Egypt.

Wydad striker William Jebor had a chance to equalize on the stroke of half-time, but Al Ahly goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy denied him to ensure that the first-half ended 1-0 to the home side.

Record eight-time Champions League winners Al Ahly continued their dominance in the second-half and they managed to double their lead through Oluwafemi Ajayi.

Wydad, who won this tournament in 1992, made a mistake at the back nd Ajayi was there to make it 2-0 to Al Ahly in the 79th minute - netting his third goal in three competitive matches.

The visitors created goalscoring opportunities in the closing stages of the encounter, but Al Ahly held onto their lead and they recorded a 2-0 home victory.

Al Ahly (1) 2 (Zakaria 24', Ajayi 79')
Wydad (0) 0

Al Ahly: Ekramy, Fathy, Hegazi, Samir, Maaloul, Ashour, El Said (Ghaly 64'), Soliman (Rabia 82'), Zakaria, Al Sulaya, Ajayi (Moteab 87').

Wydad: Laaroubi, Rabeh, Noussir, Lamrabat (El Haddad 65'), Atouchi, Saidi, El Karti, Khadrouf (Ondama 64'), Nakach, Jebor, Ounajem

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