Al Ahly Win CAF Super Cup In Dramatic Fashion 


Ahly’s players celebrate with the winners trophy following the CAF Super Cup football match between Egypt’s Al-Ahly and Morocco’s Raja Club Athletic (Raja Casablanca) at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in the Qatari city of Ar-Rayyan on December 22, 2021. KARIM JAAFAR / AFP

 

Taher Mohamed and Akram Tawfik played key roles as Al Ahly of Egypt edged Raja Casablanca of Morocco 6-5 on penalties after a 1-1 draw to win a CAF Super Cup thriller in Qatar on Wednesday.  

Mohamed levelled during the final minute of regular time in Al Rayyan, firing a low shot into the corner of the net after being set up by South African Percy Tau.

Raja had led from the 13th minute when an Abdelilah Madkour shot deflected off Yassir Ibrahim into the net at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, one of eight 2022 World Cup venues.

In a superb exhibition of penalty taking, the clubs converted five each to send the shootout to sudden death.

Tawfik nudged Ahly ahead for a sixth time with a kick that gave Raja goalkeeper Anas Zniti no chance before a large crowd in the 45,000-capacity ground.

Madkour had to score to keep Raja in contention, but he blazed his shot over the crossbar and Ahly celebrated a record-extending eighth Super Cup success.

“My team showed wonderful spirit — they never accepted that defeat was inevitable,” said South Africa-born Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane.

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Ahly’s players celebrate with the winners trophy following the CAF Super Cup football match between Egypt’s Al-Ahly and Morocco’s Raja Club Athletic (Raja Casablanca) at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in the Qatari city of Ar-Rayyan on December 22, 2021. KARIM JAAFAR / AFP

 

Mosimane, who joined Ahly in 2019 from Pretoria club Mamelodi Sundowns, has won six CAF club titles, two less than record-holder Manuel Jose, the Portuguese who had two spells in charge of Ahly.

In the other dugout was Belgian Marc Wilmots, who joined Raja last month and will be hoping for a more successful second stint in Africa after lasting just six months as coach of the Ivory Coast.

The nail-biting success confirmed Ahly as the dominant force in Africa with 23 titles — 10 in the CAF Champions League, eight in the Super Cup, four in the Cup Winners Cup and one in the Confederation Cup.

TP Mazembe from the Democratic Republic of Congo and another Egyptian club, Zamalek, share second place with 11 titles each.

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Seyi Babatope Hosts Premiere Of ‘When Love Happens Again’

crew1Nollywood Director, Seyi Babatope, has hosted a star-studded premiere of his new movie, ‘When Love Happens Again’ in Lagos.

The movie is sequel to the 2014 romantic comedy, ‘When Love Happens’.

The Prequel, When Love Happens, ended on a romantic note as one of the characters, Motunranti found love with Tobe.Seyi Babatope, when love happens

However, the sequel comes with a new twist where the character of Eyinaya, who made a cameo appearance in the prequel, comes out in a different light.

He plays the role of a loyal friend to Tobe, while suggesting that his love, Motunranti, may not be romantically drawn towards him anymore.

Seyi Babatope, when love happens
Enyinna Nwigwe

Enyinna who acted as himself in the movie, said that he could not wait to see how much of himself plays out in the character.

Director, Babatope said that he had envisioned a sequel right from the first film and although it was not easy getting majority of the actors back for the sequel, it was an interesting process altogether.

Seyi Babatope, when love happens
Kiki Omeli

Many fast-rising Nollywood actors such as Kiki Omeili, among others, who showed up for the event, commended Babatope’s efforts for being able to pull off the sequel after a highly impressive work on the prequel.

Seyi Babatope, when love happens
Tope Tedela

Another actor, Tope Tedela, also said that he saw a possibility of a sequel and anticipates it in excitement.

Amosun Gives N2m Lifeline To Ailing “Pa Kasumu”

The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has donated the sum of N2m towards the medical treatment of ailing Nollywood Yoruba actor, Mr. Olukayode Olugbenga Odumosu popularly known as Pa Kasumu.

Making the donation on behalf of the governor at Mushin, the Lagos state residence of the actor, Secretary to the State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa said that the governor heard about Pa Kasumu’s illness on the television few days back and was deeply worried about his health condition.

“There was no formal request for help from the Governor of Ogun state. Like everybody else, we saw the news that the actor is indisposed on television and he instructed us to go and find out the exact state of health of Pa Kasumu. It was at that time that somebody said he’s from Ogun state. He didn’t even realize that he is one of us”, the SSG said.

The Governor noted that Pa Kasumu typifies the large pool of successful indigenes of the state that have served the nation in their various areas of endeavour and expertise and must not be left to suffer in his trying period.

“Wherever and whenever we see anybody who is one of us, particularly people like Pa Kasunmu, who has made their marks and helped to put Nigeria and Ogun state on the map, we are more than happy to identify with them and assist them”, the governor added.

Governor Amosun also called on colleagues, family members and well-wishers of Pa Kasumu to rally round him for support, saying more than anything else, he needs to be shown love at this particular time.

Speaking, the Co-ordinator of the “Save Pa Kasumu initiative”, Mrs Olajide Idowu, while thanking Governor Amosun for the gesture, noted that the donation was unprecedented as no state government, group or individual have made such a singular donation to the course of saving the life of the ailing actor.

“I was sceptical when the Ogun state government said they were going to assist him and the reason is simply that we have had a lot of empty promises from various quarters in the past. But when the SSG called me that they would bring the cheque I was so happy. This morning when he said he was on his way, I said Ogun state means business. They’ve really done Pa Kasumu proud. This at least will go a long way for him”, Mrs Olajide said.

Responding, a visibly sick Pa Kasumu thanked the state government for the lifeline and requested other public-spirited individuals and corporate bodies to come to his aid.

“Though I cannot speak very well now, but I want to thank Governor Amosun for this. I want the government to take me out of this noisy area”, he said.

In their respective reactions, Pa Kasumu’s colleagues in the theatre world including Dele Odule and Bolaji Amusan a.k.a Mr. Latin who witnessed the cheque presentation thanked the state government for the gesture extended to one of them.

“This is beyond our comprehension. We never knew a government could be so passionate about the plight of one of us”, Odule remarked.

Tuface, Blackface and I are working on an album – Faze

Richard Chibuzor Orji, popularly known as Faze on Saturday said that he is currently collaborating with his members of his former group to produce a new album.

Faze, who was a guest in Channels Television’s weekend breakfast show – Sunrise, said that the relationship between him, Tuface and blackface is still very cordial and that their break up was for the best interest of their personal career.

The Singer spoke more about his relationship with his girlfriend and their plans to get married soon. He further tells his fans plans to thrill them with new releases soon.

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