Al Ahly Punish Kaizer Chiefs To Win CAF Champions League For 10th Time

 

Egyptian club Al Ahly won a record-extending 10th CAF Champions League title on Saturday with a 3-0 final victory over 10-man South African rivals Kaizer Chiefs in Casablanca.

Mohamed Sherif scored his sixth goal of the competition after 53 minutes to put the Cairo Red Devils ahead at an empty Stade Mohammed V because of the coronavirus pandemic.

A brilliant goal from Mohamed ‘Afsha’ Magdy on 64 minutes left little doubt about the outcome in a disappointing finale to the marquee African club competition.

Amr el Sulaya rubbed salt into the wounds of Chiefs with a third goal in the 74th minute, slamming a back-heel past Nigerian goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi.

Chiefs were struggling to contain Ahly late in the first half when they suffered a massive blow with the red-carding of Happy Mashiane.

The forward stamped on the right leg of full-back Ahmed Tawfik and, after initially flashing a yellow card, the Burundi referee checked the foul on a monitor and changed his decision.

It was a historic victory for Ahly, who became the first club to win the title back-to-back three times.

South Africa-born Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane, who supported Chiefs as a child, became the first African coach to win the competition three times.

He succeeded in 2016 with South African club Mamelodi Sundowns, and again with Ahly last season in an all-Egyptian final against fierce rivals Zamalek.

Ahly pocket $2.5 million for winning the Champions League and are guaranteed at least another $3.5 million when they compete in the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan.

Before travelling to the Far East, the Egyptian club that have won 22 African titles will play CAF Confederation Cup winners Raja Casablanca of Morocco in a one-off match for the CAF Super Cup.

It was a bitterly disappointing first appearance in the final by Chiefs, whose lone CAF title came 21 years ago when they won the now-defunct African Cup Winners Cup.

The Soweto outfit matched Ahly early on and had the lone shot on target in the opening half with an effort by Serbian forward Samir Nurkovic that Ahly goalkeeper and captain Mohamed el Shenawy comfortably saved.

Starting the second half with 10 men, Chiefs packed their defence in the hope of snatching victory through a breakaway goal or a penalty shootout.

But the resistance lasted just eight minutes before being undone by a superb pass from Tawfik that Sherif chipped over Akpeyi.

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In-form Ahly Seek Return To African Summit

 In-form Ahly Seek Return To African Summit
Supporters cheer during the CAF Champions League semi-final football match between Al-Ahly vs Etoile du Sahel at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria on October 22, 2017. STRINGER / AFP

Record eight-time winners Al Ahly take outstanding form into the CAF Champions League final against Wydad Casablanca of Morocco as they seek to reclaim first place in African club football.

Egyptian side Ahly host the first leg in Mediterranean city Alexandria on Saturday and the return match is set for Casablanca on the Atlantic coast seven days later.

Apart from the pride of conquering Africa, a CAF record $2.5 million (2.12 million euro) first prize is up for grabs, plus a place in December’s FIFA Club World Cup.

Ahly have won the CAF Champions League (formerly the African Cup of Champions Clubs) three times more than any other club.

But the Cairo Red Devils last lifted the trophy in 2013 when now-retired legend Mohamed Abou Trika scored in a 3-1 aggregate victory against Orlando Pirates of South Africa.

The manner in which Ahly eliminated Tunisian clubs Esperance and Etoile in the quarter-finals and semi-finals means they carry the tag of favourites against Wydad.

Held 2-2 at home by Esperance, Ahly went to Tunis and triumphed 2-1 through goals from Tunisian Ali Maaloul and Nigerian Junior Ajayi.

Having then fallen 2-1 away to Etoile, Ahly won 6-2 at home as they gave one of their finest Champions League performances since debuting 41 years ago.

Walid Azaro, under fire for persistent poor form, repaid the faith coach Hossam El Badry had shown in him by scoring a hat-trick.

“I wanted to score in every match, but was constantly unlucky,” explained the Morocco-born striker. “I thank coach Hossam for persevering with me.

“However, we have to forget what we did against Etoile and focus on Wydad, who will be difficult opponents to overcome.”

Azaro demonstrated his aerial threat against Etoile by twice powering crosses into the net during the first half and completed his treble with an early second-half tap-in.

El Badry, enjoying a third spell in charge of a club he guided to the 2012 Champions League title, says Ahly are obsessed with success.

“We aim to win whatever competition we enter,” he stressed. “Our supporters are desperate for another Champions League title.”

This weekend marks the third meeting between Ahly and Wydad this year after each won 2-0 at home during the group phase.

Goals from Moamen Zakaria and Ajayi delivered maximum points for Ahly and now-departed Congo Brazzaville sharpshooter Fabrice Ondama and Walid El Karty were the Wydad scorers.

While Ahly have featured in 10 Champions League finals, Wydad have reached only a third decider in the competition.

They defeated Al Hilal of Sudan 2-0 on aggregate in 1992 but fell to Esperance six seasons ago in a home-and-away final decided by a solitary goal.

This year, the Hussein Amotta-coached outfit have been outstanding in Morocco, winning all six matches with goalkeeper Zouheir Laaroubi conceding just one goal in 540 minutes.

While Azaro tormented Etoile, two-goal Achraf Bencharki was the architect of a 3-1 semi-final triumph over USM Alger of Algeria following a goalless first leg.

It was a timely improvement in form for the striker, who had netted only twice in the previous 11 matches.

The Moroccan outfit have been much less impressive on the road, losing four of six matches, but only Ahly have scored more than once against a well-organised defence.

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Ahly Score Record Six Goals To Reach CAF Champions League Final

Al-Ahly supporters cheer during the CAF Champions League semi-final football match between Al-Ahly vs Etoile du Sahel at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria on October 22, 2017. STRINGER / AFP

Al Ahly of Egypt became the first club to score six goals in a CAF Champions League semi-final match as they crushed Etoile Sahel of Tunisia 6-2 in Alexandria Sunday to reach the title decider.

The record eight-time champions qualified 7-4 on aggregate to face Wydad Casablanca of Morocco in the two-leg final with the first match in Egypt next weekend.

After Etoile established a 2-1 first-leg lead in Tunisia last month, the return match at the 85,000-seat Borg El Arab Stadium was expected to an equally tight affair.

But it took Ahly just two minutes to grab the lead at home with Tunisian Ali Maaloul slamming a free-kick past experienced goalkeeper Ayman Mathlouthi.

Moroccan Walid Azaro headed two goals off crosses to earn Ahly a 3-0 half-time advantage and he completed a hat-trick just three minutes into the second half.

Rami Bedoui pulled one goal back for rattled one-time Champions League title-holders Etoile before rampant Ahly scored twice more.

Hamdi Nagguez conceded an own-goal and Rami Rabia made it 6-1 just past the hour mark to give Ahly a place in the record books.

Iheb Msakni scored a second Etoile goal a minute from time, but it was irrelevant as Ahly had already booked a place in the final.

Achraf Bencharki bagged a brace as Wydad defeated USM Alger of Algeria 3-1 in Casablanca Saturday after a goalless first leg last month.

The elite African club competition was known as the African Cup of Champions Clubs from 1964 until 1997 when the name was changed to the CAF Champions League.

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Amos Adamu Faces Two-Year FIFA Ban

Amos Adamu Faces Two-Year FIFA Ban FIFA Ethics Committee has recommended a two-year ban for former member of CAF executive committees, Amos Adamu, from all football -related activities.

The 62-year-old who was a member of FIFA’s executive committee was also fined Swiss Franc ($19,400) for various violations of code of ethics.

The former director general of the national sports commission has already served a three-year ban after being found guilty of asking for money in exchange for 2018 World Cup votes.

The suspension expired in October 2013.

FIBA Cup: Kano Pillars Lose To Al-Ahly

FIBA Cup: Kano Pillars Lose To Al-Ahly Kano Pillars, have lost 71 to 65 points to hosts, Al-ahly Sporting Club in the 2016 FIBA semi-final played on Thursday at the Al-ahly arena in Cairo.

The Nigerian champions who had started off well, would not be playing in the finals of the Champions Cup currently holding in Egypt.

Al-ahly won the first quarter 15 to 13 points but kano pillars fought back to take the second quarter 21 to 19 points.

But the Egyptians took the game beyond Kano pillars as they triumphed 20 to 17 points in the third quarter and 17 to 14 points in the final quarter.

Abubakar Usman was Kano pillars star player of the match with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists.

Bronze Medal Match

The Nigerian team would however play Association Sportive De Sale of Morocco in the bronze medal match of the FIBA Africa Champions Cup, after both lost their semi-final matches to Egyptian and Angolan opposition.

In the championship decider, hosts Al-alhy of Egypt, would face Recreativo Do Libolo of Angola.

Suarez Bite Match Referee To Handle Brazil-Germany Semi Final

Marco-Antonio-RodriguezFIFA has announced the referee for match 61 of the FIFA World Cup™, the first semi-final between Brazil and Germany. It will be Marco Rodríguez, the Mexican referee who officiated in the match that saw Uruguay striker, Luis Suarez bite Italian Giorgio Chiellini.

Rodriguez, who did not see the incident involving Suarez and Chiellini during the match, which led to the Uruguay star being thrown out of the tournament and banned from football for four months, now has the task of keeping order in Sao Paulo for Tuesday’s game.

The 40 year old, who sent off Italy’s Claudio Marchisio in the same Group D fixture, during this tournament, also officiated in the group-stage match – Belgium v. Algeria.

Brazil 2014 is the third FIFA World Cup™ for Rodríguez and he refereed two games at each of the last two editions but has never officiated in a knockout stage match. In 2010, one of his matches was Germany’s 4-0 victory over Australia.

During his career, Rodríguez has been selected for several international tournaments, including five editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup (2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013), the Copa América 2004, the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2009 and three FIFA U-17 World Cups (2003, 2005 and 2013).

At club level, he has refereed three CONCACAF Champions League finals, and his most prestigious assignment was the final of the FIFA Club World Cup 2007 between Boca Juniors and AC Milan. He later oversaw Al Ahly v. Corinthians in the 2012 semi-finals of the same competition.

Meanwhile, Germany midfielder, Bastian Schweinsteiger, has warned match officials in the semi-final to keep an eye on Brazil’s physical approach.

“Hard challenges definitely are part of their game, it’s something we have to be careful of and the referee too,” Schweinsteiger said.

El-Badry Quits Al-Ahly,Tagged ‘Irresponsible’ By Club

Hossam El-Badly has quit as coach of CAF Champions league title holders Al-Ahly of Egypt after they qualified for the group phase.

El-Badry, who guided the Cairo Red Devils to a 3-2 aggregate victory over Esperance of Tunisia in the 2012 final, revealed he had signed a one-year contract with Libyan club Al-Ahly Tripoli.

Lack of funds to strengthen the Egyptian giants appears to be behind the surprise move with a security-related ban on spectators in Egypt cutting off precious gate revenue.

The cash-strapped club sold Ahmed Fathy and Mohammed Geddo to English club Hull City and talismanic midfielder Mohamed Aboutrika to a club in the United Arab Emirates.

It has left the Devils short of experience with defender Wael Gomaa, midfilder Mohamed Barakat and striker Emad Moteab the only links with the all-conquering squad of the past decade.

A draw to split the eight survivors into two groups will be made on May 14 in Cairo and Ahly and Esperance are the teams to beat in the chase for a $1.5 million (1.1 million euros) first prize and a FIFA Club World Cup place.

Meanwhile, Ahly have named Mohamed Youssef as first team coach until the end of the season following the departure of Hossam El-Badry on Sunday.

The club have criticised El-Badry for his sudden exit in the middle of the season. He had led the Reds to the group stage of the CAF Champions League and to the top of Group A in the Egyptian Premier League.

“Ahly football committee deeply regrets the irresponsible behaviour of Hossam El-Badry. It is inappropriate for him to quit before the end of the season,” read a statement published on the club’s official website on Tuesday.

The statement was issued on Tuesday after a meeting of the football committee with chairman Hassan Hamdy, his deputy Mahmoud El-Khatib, football sector manager Hadi Khashaba and football director Sayed Abdel-Hafiz,” as stated on the club’s official website.

After the Cairo giants ended the round of 16 in the African Champions League by beating Bizertin of Tunisia, El-Badry announced he would take charge of Ahly Tripoli in Libya staring in June.

“There are several reasons for that, personal ones. There are some family problems which are making it difficult for me to stay,” an emotional El-Badry said during the post-match press conference.

El-Badry, 53, first took charge of Ahly in 2009 following the departure of highly-successful manager Manuel Jose, whom he worked with as an assistant for several years before being dismissed in November 2010 after Ahly were knocked out of the African Champions League semi-final by Tunisia’s Esperance.

In the summer of 2012, after a successful season with Sudanese side Al-Merreikh, he replaced Jose at Ahly after the Portuguese manager departed following the Port Said disaster that forced a lengthy suspension of domestic football.

“It’s not about the money, I swear, I’m here to win trophies, and if I can’t guarantee that, it will be difficult to stay,” El-Badry insisted at the time.

NFA sings Sunshine praise despite CAF exit

Nigeria football governing body the NFA (Nigerian Football Association) has praised the only flag bearer for Nigeria in the CAF Champions League for the 2012 season Sunshine Stars FC of Akure who lost to Al-Ahly of Egypt in Cairo on a 4-3 aggregate to end their dream of lifting the CAF trophy.

Chief Emeka Inyama; the Chairman of the NFA Media and Publicity Committee, commended the team for their efforts for they gave a good account of themselves in the CAF Champions League.

Inyama said Sunshine Stars deserve plaudits from Nigerians as the same club got to the semi-final of the CAF Confederation Cup last year and has made an indelible mark in the 2012 CAF Champions League.

Inyama said the team could have done better in the first leg against Ahly if not for the strike action embarked upon by the players before that match, he therefore urged the Nigeria Premier League’s (NPL) 2010/2011 runners-up to build on their experience in the competition for future competitions.

The Egyptian side defeated the Nigerian team by one goal in the second leg match played in Cairo after recording a 3-3 draw in Ijebu Ode in the first leg encounter.

Sunshine Stars hold Al-Ahly to a 3-3 draw

Nigeria’s Sunshine Stars on Saturday afternoon, held Al-Ahly of Egypt to a 3-3 draw in the semi-final first leg of the CAF Champions league in Ijebu-ode, Ogun state.

Al-Ahly scored first in the 17th minute through striker Mohammed Nagy Gedo but Cameroonian midfielder Tamen Medrano equalized for Sunshine Stars.

Hamdy al-Sayed pulled the Egyptians ahead again but substitute Dele Olorundare levelled scores at 2-2.

Nagy Gedo completed his brace in the 74th minute before Precious Osasco put final score line at 3-3 courtesy of a brilliant free kick, 7 minutes before regulation time.

Sunshine now walks a tight rope when the second leg takes place in Cairo in a fortnight.

 

Super Eagles to play Egypt friendly match

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has agreed to play Egypt in a friendly on April the 12th in Abu Dhabi.

General Secretary of the NFF Musa Amadu, stated that “although the FA has agreed a tentative date for the match-up it’s not a done deal yet because some grey areas are still unresolved.”

Coach Stephen Keshi has already welcomed the friendly, admitting it would give his home boys “the opportunity to garner more experience.”

Egypt had earlier this month requested for a friendly with the home-based eagles to help them prepare for their 2014 world cup qualifiers in June.

The seven-time African champions will begin their quest to feature at the World Cup in Brazil on June the 1st at home to Mozambique while Nigeria will host Namibia on June the 2nd and a week later travel to Malawi as part of the qualifying tournament for the 2014 world cup.

Egypt’s coach Bob Bradley has called up ‘retired’ Mohamed Aboutrika just a month after saying he was quitting football.

The Al Ahly star announced his retirement from football in the wake of the Port Said’s tragedy, where 74 fans lost their lives. However, he has now been named in the squad of Coach Bradley shortly after returning for his Cairo club in the African Champion’s league.

Egypt will play friendlies against chad and Uganda in Sudan later this month.

Meanwhile there are indications the Super Eagles might also face Iran’s national football team, the Persian stars in an international friendly game pending ratification from theNFF.

The game has been provisionally fixed for April 18th in Tehran, the Iranian capital.

There are reports contact had been made with the Iranian football federation and that a decision on the friendly game would be made in the ‘shortest possible time.’

 

 

England’s Wembley to host Africa’s biggest derby

Al Ahly and Zamalek have been approved to play their friendly derby in Wembley Stadium England next April reports SuperSport.

Zamalek spokesman Ali Abou Al Nagaa confirmed this and said that the board and Technical staff of both teams had agreed to the deal

The game will take place on the 22nd of April and will honor the victims of the Port Said disaster.

Zamalek Chairman Mamdouh Abbas had announced this previously.

Up to 1,000 people were injured and 74 killed after supporters of the Cairo club were set upon at the end of a match between Al Ahly and al-Masry on February 1 in Port Said.