Al Ahly romp to 10th CAFCL title

Al Ahly romp to 10th CAFCL title
Mohamed Sherif of Al Ahly (c) celebrates goal with teammates during the 2021 CAF Champions League Final between Kaizer Chiefs and Al Ahly at the Mohamed V Stadium in Casablanca, Morocco on 17 July 2021 ©Fareed Kotb/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Saturday Jul 17, 2021. 23:00

Al Ahly have become the first team to win 10 CAF Champions League titles after they romped to a 3-0 win over 10-man Kaizer Chiefs at Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca on Saturday night.


Goals from Mohamed Sherif, Mohamed Magdi Kafsha and Amr El Soulia secured a comfortable victory for manager Pitso Mosimane, who now has three CAFCL titles to his name – only Manuel Jose, who won four with Ahly in the 2000s, stands above him in the all-time list.


The first shot on target arrived on 16 minutes, with Chiefs’ Samir Nurkovic getting away a powerful effort from just outside the penalty area, but Ahly goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy was well placed to make a comfortable save.


Aside from that, chances were few and far between. Ahly dominated possession and were able to create a few overloads in wide areas, but their subsequent crosses and efforts at goal were no threat to Chiefs’ defence and goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi.


The Amakhosi seemed happy to play a conservative game and look to hit the Egyptian giants on the counter attack, though they lacked the pace and fluidity to really worry the Red Devils’ well-drilled defence.


Chiefs suffered a major blow on the cusp of half time when midfielder Happy Mashiane was deservedly sent off for a reckless challenge on Akram Tawfik. Initially deemed worthy of only a yellow card, the referee changed his decision after consulting the VAR monitor and sent the youngster for an early shower.


The start of the second stanza saw the South African side opt for a tactical shuffle, replacing midfielder Nkosingiphile Ngcobo with attacker Khama Billiat, while Ahly swapped out defender Ayman Ashraf (who picked up a yellow card) with Yasser Ibrahim El Hanafi.


It seemed only a matter of time until Ahly, enjoying even more dominance with a man’s advantage, broke the deadlock. The first goal duly arrived on 53 minutes, with Tawfik playing a superb through ball to pick out the intelligent run of Mohamed Sherif, who then provided a cool finish past Akpeyi to make it 1-0.


The second goal arrived just over 10 minutes later, with a mistake at the back from Chiefs allowing Mohamed Magdi Kafsha to exchange passes on the edge of the penalty area before firing an unstoppable shot into the back of the net via the inside of Akpeyi’s left-hand upright.


Amr El Soulia netted a beautiful third on 74 minutes, whipping home from a back-heel set-up by Sherif as Ahly turned on the style against an increasingly ragged Amakhosi, putting the cherry on top for the now 10-time African champions.


Ahly will go on to face new Confederation Cup champions Raja Casablanca in the 2021-22 CAF Super Cup.


Kaizer Chiefs 0

Al Ahly (0) 3 (Sherif 53’, Magdi Kafsha 64’, El Soulia 74’)


Chiefs: Akpeyi, Mphahlele, Mathoho, Cardoso, Frosler, Katsande (Zulu 76’), Blom (Agay 60’), Ngcobo (Billiat 46’), Mashiane, Parker, Nurkovic


Al Ahly: El Shenawy, Tawfik, Ashraf (El Hanafi 46’), Banoun (Kahraba 90’), Maaloul, Fathi, El Soulia, El Shahat, Magdi Kafsha (Mohsen 90+1’), Mohamed (Dieng 67’), Sherif (Ajayi 90’)







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