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Last-gasp Meteb goal wins Al Ahly first-ever CAF Confederation Cup title

Juan Carlos Garrido

In the attendance of nearly 40,000 spectators, Al Ahly beat Sewe Sport via Emad Meteb’s header in the dying seconds of the match to become the first Egyptian side to win the .

After a 2-1 defeat in the first leg, Al Ahly needed just a clean sheet and a single goal to grab the cup for the first time in Egypt’s history, and were able to do so courtesy of a 95th minute goal by Emad Meteb.

Al Ahly Sewe

Al Ahly XI: Ahmed Adel; Bassem Ali, Mohamed Naguib (Mohamed Farouk, Saad Samir, Sherif Abdel-Fadil (Sabri Rahil); Hossam Ghaly, Hossam Ashour, Moussa Yedan (Abdullah El-Said), Ramadan Sobhy, Walid Soliman; Emad Meteb.

Sewe Sport XI: Sylvain Gbohouo; Honnadi Gboze, Ibrahim Kone, Essis Aka, Cedric N’Goran; Soleymane Dembele, Soleymane Binate, Christian Kouame, Hermann Kouao; Roger Assale, Cedric Kodjo.

First Half

The first 15 minutes went noiselessly except for two efforts from the very dangerous Roger Assale, whose first shot in the 9th minute went just wide, the second was even more threatening as his header went few centimetres wide of the post.

Roger Assale sustained his role of being the main threat on Ahmed Adel’s goal – wasting another chance yet again from the 6-yard box. Sewe players continued their missing streak when a thunderbolt by Dembele hit the post.

The first half didn’t witness any clear cut chances for Al Ahly. However, Ivorian keeper Sylvain Gbohouo was only tested once when Ramadan Sobhy attempted to chip him but the keeper was able to tip it over the bar.

Second Half

Al Ahly started the second half with an attacking mentality, and nearly hit the target five minutes in when Yedan’s shot was cleared off the line by Sewe’s defence.

Sewe responded five minutes later when Assale’s shot went high off target from a few yards out.

Near the hour mark, Sobhy missed a glorious chance to score when he hesitated to shoot inside the 6-yard box.

A tussle was provoked by Sewe sport players after Walid Soliman failed to slow down in front of Sewe’s keeper and stepped on Gbohouo legs.

Al Ahly kept pressing, and Soliman came close to scoring but his dangerous shot was parried away by Gbohouo.

Soliman continued to be the most positive player for Al Ahly when his volley effort went wide in the 76th minute, followed by a strike that went wide of the post.

The six minutes of injury time saw Meteb’s shot cleared off the line, as well as penalty shout from Al Ahly players as Walid Soliman was brought down in the box.

Al Ahly’s big moment came when Soliman’s right-footed cross found the head of Emad Meteb who escaped his marker cleverly and turned the ball successfully into the back of the net, sending the stands into ruptures.

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