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VIDEO: Al Ahly crowned champions of Africa for second consecutive year

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AhlyInfo – a fan-based team covering the latest on Al Ahly – review the second leg of the final after witnessing the club being crowned champions of Africa for the second consecutive year at the Arab Contractors Stadium in Cairo.

The Cairo giants did it again! Al Ahly were able to beat 2-0 at the Arab Contractors Stadium in Cairo to retain the African Championship, claiming their eighth Champions League trophy.

Following two consecutive years with nearly no domestic football and no political stability in Egypt, Al Ahly have accomplished what many thought to be impossible, given the circumstances, by winning their second consecutive CAF Champions League trophy. Simply amazing.

The stadium was full and the crowd was at its loudest; cheering and clapping for every good play, giving the players much needed support. Great ambiance!

Much credit should be given to Mohamed Youssef, Al Ahly’s coach. Although this was only his first coaching experience, he was able to achieve the continental championship under such difficult conditions.

Al Ahly went into this match with the advantage following a 1-1 draw in South Africa. A 0-0 draw would have done the job for Ahly but the team didn’t sit back during the return leg and proved why they deserve to be champions.

Al Ahly XI (4-2-3-1): Sherif Ekramy; Sherif Abdel-Fadil, Wael Gomaa [c], Mohamed Naguib, Sayed Moawad; Ahmed Fathi, Hossam Ashour; Abdullah El-Said, Walid Soliman, ; .

Orlando Pirates XI: Meyiwa; Matlaba, Lekgwathi [c],  Gcaba, Mahamutsa, Manyisa, Masalesa, Klate, Segolela, Myeni, Bacela. 

First Half:

Both teams started very cautiously and the first dangerous chance came 15 minutes into the match when Naguib’s header went just wide of Meyiwa’s goal. Abdullah El-Said also had a very good chance to open the scoring, but he was not able to successfully utilize Ahmed Fathi’s cross.

Orlando Pirates woke up by then and Tlou Segolela was clear on goal and it would have been 1-0 if not for Ekramy’s great save.

Pirates were getting better and Daine Klate’s header went just wide before Ahmed Abdel-Zaher answered on the other end with a superb curling effort from outside the box but Meyiwa denied Al Ahly’s first goal by tipping it over the bar.

Second Half:

Mohamed Abou-Treika scored and erupted the stadium!

Abdallah El-Said’s deflected shot fell to Treika, who was playing in his final CAF Champions League match, before the 35-year-old slotted the ball past Meyiwa into the back of the net.

Segolela could have scored the equalizer for Orlando Pirates after he was able to get pass Ekramy, but his shot missed the open net from close range.

Al Ahly’s defense was able to deal very well with Orlando Pirates, who seemed a bit shaken after the goal.

In the 78th minute, Ahmed Abdel-Zaher scored Al Ahly’s second goal which diminished any hopes Pirates had in getting back into the match. Ahmed Shedid Kenawy, who was subbed on for the injured Walid Soliman, crossed the ball to Abdullah El-Said, who passed it to Fathi and the latter’s shot  fell to Abdel-Zaher to make it 2-0.

Rami Rabia replaced goalscorer Abdel-Zaher shortly after Sherif Abdel-Fadil was sent off for receiving a second yellow card, and Emad Meteb came on for the Magico Abou-Treika.

Al-Ahly could have had its third goal with Emad Meteb leading a counter attack but his weak strike was easily saved by the keeper.

The Cairo giants broke their own record by winning its eigth African Champions League title as the match ended 2-0.

In addition, Al Ahly got their revenge after losing 3-0 in Gouna to Pirates during the group stage of the competition, while the players were forced to play during the fasting hours of Ramadan.

Al Ahly will now face the Asian champions Guangzhou Evergrande, led by Marcello Lippi, in the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup in December. The winner will face European champions Bayern Munich.

Notable Al Ahly records/achievements after this match:
– Al Ahly get to keep this trophy forever after successfully defending the title.
– Wael Gomaa is the only African player who has retained two trophies.
– Wael Gomaa now has 6 CAF Champions League titles to his name, more than any other African country and one more than Al Ahly’s long-time rivals Al Zamalek.

AhlyInfo are a fan-based team covering the latest news surrounding on KingFut.com. You can follow them on Twitter @AhlyInfo.

A medical student who loves football. Any free time I have is usually dedicated to football. I support Al Ahly and Real Madrid (Al Ahly comes first of course). Contrary to popular belief, I believe that females enjoy football as much as males do; I am a living proof :D Proud that I am writing for King Fut.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. GHANSON

    November 11, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Cheap goals…but at least were happy that Ahly won.And also happy that the crowd was jubilant not violent.Thank God

    • ali tamer

      November 11, 2013 at 9:27 PM

      Yeah aboutreikas freekick i the first leg was cheap..

    • Ali AbdUl

      November 12, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      ghanson even if we didnt score any of these 2 goals u call cheap we still would of won the champion ship

  2. falasha

    November 12, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    What was that green laser beam in the match?

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