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VIDEO: Zambia’s Nkana down Al Ahly to keep their semi-final hopes alive
One point was sufficient for Juan Carlos Garrido’s men to qualify to the semi-finals of the CAF Confederation Cup, however, the Zambians were not going down without a fight.
Nkana’s position in Group B going into the match was third with four points from four games, leaving the Zambian champions no choice but to win this match against the Cairo giants, who are currently leading the group with 8 points, to avoid an early exit.
Nevertheless, Al Ahly’s players were equally as motivated to secure their spot in the semi-finals, with Garrido revealing the club’s target is to win the competition to expand their international title record.
Al Ahly’s Starting XI:
Sherif Ekramy – Saad Samir – Mohamed Naguib – Sabry Rahil- Bassem Ali – Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’ (Emad Meteb) – Hossam Ashour – Hossam Ghaly – Mohamed Farouk – Ramadan Sobhy (Walid Soliman) – Amr Gamal (Moussa Yedan).
Nkana’s Starting XI:
Rabson Mucheleng’anga – Noel Phiri – Christopher Munthali – Billy Mwanza – Maybin Chishimba – Donashano Malama – Simon Bwalya – Kelvin Mubanga – Claude Bwalya – Festus Mbewe – Ronald Kampamba
The most dangerous chance for the host team in the first-half was through Kampamba, who miss-used his good position by shooting the ball wide over the post.
A counter-attack in the 22nd minute provided Mohamed Farouk with a great chance to score from the left side of the pitch, however, his shot was wide of the target.
23-year-old Amr Gamal, the club’s top scorer this campaign, attempted to score when Trezeguet led a counter-attack. However, the Egypt international striker did not make good use of the chance.
Minutes later, Amr Gamal crossed the ball towards new signing Mohamed Farouk, whose header was easily caught by the keeper.
Billy Mwanza was able to give Nkana the lead from the penalty spot just six minutes after the beginning of the second half.
Walid Soliman came on for Ramadan Sobhy in the 54th minute, while five minutes later Emad Meteb replaced Trezeguet, who seemed to be injured when he came off.
In the 67th minute, Burkina Faso international Moussa Yedan came in for Amr Gamal in an attempt to boost the offensive side of the Red Castle.
However, the rest of the second half otherwise remained uneventful, with the Zambians keen on holding on to the result positive home result.
Étoile du Sahel’s match against Séwé Sport later on today will likely alter the calculations of Group B, however the Cairo giants currently remain on top of the group.