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VIDEO: CAF Super Cup Recap – Al-Ahly 2-1 Leopards

Match: Al-Ahly 2-1 Leopards (Rami Rabia 55’,  Mohamed Barakat 71’ – Rudy Ndeye 78’)
Venue: Borg El-Arab Stadium,
Starting Line-Ups:
Al-Ahly (4-4-2): Sherif Ekramy; Sherif Abdel-Fadil, Wael Gomaa, Mohamed Naguib, Ahmed Shedid; Hossam Ashour, Rami Rabia, Mohamed Barakat, ; Ahmed Abdel-Zaher, El-Sayed Hamdy
Leopards (4-3-3): Gildas Kihouoko; Dimitri Magnoléké , Chancel Gombessa, Children Miagounina, Bienvenu Kombo; Tychique Ntela Kalema, Herman Lakolo, Rudy Bhebey; Guelor Ndey, Rochel Kivouri, Cesaire Gandze

First Half:
4’ – CHANCE: El-Sayed Hamdy lays off the ball to Abdullah El-Said on the edge of the box who sends a low shot just missing the target.
9’ – CHANCE: Ahly’s main threat Abdullah El-Said pulls off a stinger of a shot at the edge of the 18-yard box that goes just wide of the post.
10’ – CHANCE: A lovely through ball from Abdullah El-Said sends Ahmed Abdel-Zaher on a one-on-one situation with the goalkeeper, but slides just before he pulls off a proper shot and collides with Gildas Kihouoko.
16’ – YELLOW CARD: Mohamed Barakat earns a booking after a rough tackle while trying to spoil the opponent’s counter attack.
20’ – CHANCE: A weak over-head kick by Ndeye lands in the arms of Sherif Ekramy marking the first attempt on goal by the Leopards.
24’ – CHANCE: Lovely defense-splitting ball by Abdullah El-Said into the legs of El-Sayed Hamdy who sends a weak ball across the six-yard box missing the target completely.
26’ – CHANCE: Ahly launch attack after attack as Mohamed Barakat sends a lovely cross into the head of Ahmed Abdel-Zaher who puts a tame header right in the hands of the goalkeeper.
36’ – CHANCE: An amazing free kick curled by Ahmed Shedid forces Gildas into a lovely save by punching the ball over the post.
37’ – MISS: AC Leopard’s talisman Rudy Ndeye misses their best chance after a rare error by Wael Gomaa after heading a weak ball right in front of goal, but Ndeye fails to score and hits the post instead.

Half Time Recap:

Al-Ahly were dominant as expected and the underdogs sat deeply depending on counter attacks to threaten Ahly’s goalkeeper. Abdullah El-Said was impressive cutting in midfield from the right creating numerous chances for the striker duo upfront who were utterly wasteful. Al-Ahly was clearly the better side, creating much more chances than the Leopards, even though the Leopards wasted the best chance after Rudy hit the post.

Second Half:
46’ – CHANCE: Mohamed Barakat races on the outside of the box, using his sheer speed to go past defenders, sends a cross that doesn’t find neither Ahmed Abdel-Zaher nor El-Sayed Hamdy.
49’ – CHANCE: Sherif Abdel-Fadil goes past through a defender and unleashes a powerful shot on the edge of the box that is superbly saved by Leopard’s goalkeeper.
55’ – GOAL: Ramy Rabia finally converts Ahly’s possession into a lovely goal after an assist by the lively Abdullah Al-Said. Leopard’s defenders failed to close down Ramy at the edge of the box leaving him a chance to send a low shot into the bottom corner of goal.
A substitution took place in the 59th minute with Emad Metab coming on instead of Ahmed Abdel-Zaher with Hossam El-Badry looking for fresh legs in order to seal Ahly’s lead.
66’- CHANCE: Sherif Ekramy denies the visitors an equalizer after a great save from a one-on-one situation missed by Bienvenu Kombo who timed his run perfectly in behind Ahly’s defence.
70’ – GOAL: Mohamed Barakat ends his goal drought after receiving an amazing pass from Abdullah El-Said who sends Barakat into a great position in front of goal slipping through his marker and sending a shot through the hands of the goalkeeper into the net.
77’ – GOAL: The Leopards respond quickly and revive their hopes after a stray shot from a free kick lands between the legs of Rudy Ndeye who protects it well from Wael Gomaa and then swivels putting it easily inside the goal.
A substitution took place in the 80th minute with Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ coming on for El-Sayed Hamdy so to protect Ahly’s midfield from Leopard’s increasing pressure and also secures their lead.
83’ – CHANCE: Emad Metab comes really close to scoring after a great shot with his left foot that hits the top post.
Another substitution in the 89th minute marks the last one with the centre-back Saad Samir entering instead of the tired Mohamed Barakat so he could help the back line in the dying minutes of the match to secure Ahly’s fifth Super Cup title.
93’- CHANCE: Sherif Ekramy pulls his best save of the match after a powerful shot from outside the box.

Full Time Recap:

125 titles in 105 years, Al-Ahly has once again proven its world class stature after winning their fifth CAF Super Cup title. Leopard’s defence couldn’t withstand the pressure of Ahly’s attacks and crumbled after Ramy Rabia’s goal. They almost equalized after a poor display of defence on Ahly’s behalf in the last minutes of the match, but Al-Ahly pulled through to secure yet another trophy to an already filled trophy cabinet.

King Fut’s Man of the Match:

Al Ahly’s Abdullah El-Said has carried the playmaking duties during the absence of Mohamed Abu-Treika and has done a great job at it. He dominated possession during the game creating several chances for his team mates while slipping through the hole between Leopard’s midfield and defence causing them so many problems. He pulled several shots that failed to land in the net, but because of his two assists he’s the clear candidate for Man of the Match.

A worthy mention is Ramy Rabia, the 19-year-old make-shift defensive midfielder has scored a great goal and has been a fine replacement for Hossam Ghaly and Shehab El-Din Ahmed. His versatility inside the pitch together with his physical presence and enthusiasm would prove to be a great asset to his club in the near future.

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