Casablanca, Morocco – Egyptian giants Al Ahly beat 10-man Kaizer Chiefs 3-0 in Casablanca on Saturday night to successfully defend their CAF Champions League crown and secure their 10th overall title.
Goals from Mohamed Sherif, Magdy Afsha and Mohamed Elsoulia secured Ahly the title, with the Chiefs having to play the entire second half with 10 men after Happy Mashiane’s expulsion just at half-time.
The opening period was competitive in the middle of the park and chances were rare between the two. Samir Nurkovic had a chance for the South African team with a curling shot in the 16th minute that flew straight into the keeper’s arms.
Husein Elshahat managed a shot when a corner kick was taken from the edge of the 18-yard penalty area in the 20th minute, but he went over it while Elsoulia also had a long-range shot that also flew over .
Amakhosi’s turning point came at half-time when Mashiane was sent off for a dangerous spike foul on Tawfik Akram. He was initially given a yellow card, but on the advice of the video assistant referees, the center referee went to the sidelines on the screen and changed his yellow to red.
Ahly made the most of the numerical strength in the second half and it only took them eight minutes to break the deadlock. Akram sent Sherif in with a pass and the forward drank the ball on a rushing Daniel Akpeyi.
The Red Devils made it 2-0 in the 64th minute with a quick counterattack as the ball was thrown behind the defense.
Goalkeeper Akpeyi and defender Eric Mathoho didn’t decide who should go get the ball and Mohamed Taher picked up on the left before spraying on Afsha who played a one-two with Sherif before hitting the ball in the far left.
Ten minutes later, the game was over for the Chiefs as Ahly got his third goal on another quickly executed play. Sheriff retrieved the ball from the edge of the box before setting Elsoulia in place with a nice back heel roll.
Elsoulia chose her spot and curled up in a beauty in front of the keeper for anything but sealing the title in Ahly’s name. The leaders tried to reduce the deficit, but the Egyptians were calmer and faced the danger calmly.
-By CAF online