Al Ahly brush aside Township Rollers

Al Ahly brush aside Township Rollers
Al Ahly player Ahmed Fathy (R) and Saad Samir (L) in action against CF Mounana player Omar Kabore (C) during the African Champions League (CAF) Round of 32 match between Al Ahlyvs CF Mounana at international cairo Stadium in Cairo, Egypt, 06 March 2018. EPA/KHALED ELFIQI

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Jul 17, 2018. 23:18

Al Ahly recorded a convincing 3-0 victory over Township Rollers in the 2018 CAF Champions League A match at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Egypt on Tuesday.

As a result, Egyptian giants Al Ahly climbed up to second spot on the group standings, while Botswana's Rollers moved down to third place.

The Red Devils saw most of the ball in the early exchanges of the game and they had a chance to grab an early lead through their targetman Walid Azarou.

Amr Al Sulaya played a cross for the Morocco international, who headed wide the ball wide of the target without troubling Rollers goalkeeper Mwampule Masule.

Masule was then called into action and he gathered Ali Maaloul's left-footed cross with the Botswana international well-positioned to make a save.

Al Ahly kept pressing the Blues defence and they nearly opened the scoring four minutes before the half-hour mark.

A cross from the right was played into the Rollers box and Walid Soliman forced Masule into a decent save with first-time shot.

The Red Devils piled pressure on the Blues defence after the half-hour mark and they deservedly broke the deadlock through Azarou.

Junior Ajayi set-up Azarou, who made a run into the Rollers box, before beating Masule from close range to make it 1-0 to Al Ahly.

Rollers tried to push for the equalizing goal, but they could not penetrate the Al Ahly defence which looked solid and organized.

The score was 1-0 to Al Ahly, who had dominated the first-half.

The Red Devils nearly doubled their lead 10 minutes after the restart following a mistake by the Blues defence.

Masule came out of his goal and he failed to punch the ball leaving the net open, but Mo’men Zakaria failed to punished him as he missed the target.

Motsholetsi Sikele, who is an attacking midfielder by trade, was introduced by Rollers head coach Nikola Kavazovic in the 64th minute as the away side looked to level matters.

However, the Al Ahly were awarded a penalty in the 73rd minute which was conceded by Mosha Gaolaolwe.

Maaloul stepped up and made no mistake as he beat Masule to make it 2-0 to Al Ahly much to the delight of the home crowd with 15 minutes left on the clock.

The momentum was with the Red Devils in the closing stages of the game and they managed to extend their lead in the 79th minute.

Islam Mohareb headed home Azarou's delightful cross to make it 3-0 to Al Ahly with Masule caught leaving his line.

The last chance of the game fell for Azarou in the 90th minute, but the striker missed the target from a one-on-one situation and ultimately, Al Ahly ran out 3-0 winners.

Al Ahly (1) 3 (Azarou 36', Maaloul 73', Mohareb 79')
Rollers (0) 0

Al Ahly: El-Shennawy, Fathi, Samir, Coulibaly, Maaloul (Ashraf 88'), Ashour, El-Sulaya, Soliman (Gaber 68'), Zakaria, Ajayi (Mohareb 69'), Azarou.

Rollers: Masule; Vanderwesthuizen, Ncenga, Mathumo, Ntege; Ditshupo, Gaolaolwe, Mohutsiwa (Nato 65' Moyana 81'), Moalosi; Mogorosi, Lechaena (Sikele 64').

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