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Al Ahly secure 2-0 away win over APR in CAF Champions League

Al Ahly beat Al-Arabi

Al Ahly lightened their mission to reach the round of 16 after a 2-0 win in the first leg over Armée Patriotique Rwandaise (APR) in Kigali, with and the Red Devils’ scorers.

After a long break in Egyptian football following the death of at least 22 Zamalek fans when the Whites faced ENPPI at the Air Defence Stadium last month – which led to domestic football’s suspension – Al Ahly faced APR in the 1st leg of the round of 32 in the African Champions League at the Amahoro Stadium in . Second half goals from Emad Metab and Walid Soliman gave Juan Carlos Garrido’s side a comfortable 2-0 win ahead of the second leg in Egypt.

APR XI: Kwizera, Rusheshangoga, Bayisenge, Nshutiyamagara, Ngabonziza, Mugiraneza, Mukunzi, Iradukunda,Iranzi,Ndahinduka, Bigirimana.

Al Ahly XI: Sheif Ekramy; Bassem Ali, Saad Samir, Mohamed Naguib, Hussein El-Sayed; Hossam Ashour, Hossam Ghaly, Momen Zakaria (Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’ ’60), Abdallah El-Said (Saladin Said ’86); Emad Meteb, Peter Ebimobowei (Walid Soliman ’46).

First Half

APR started the game maintaining possession and threatening Ekramy’s net, while Al Ahly were relying on counter attacks to score the opening goal. The Rwandese side’s teamwork was key for their initial performance, in addition to the weather which seemed to be a disadvantage to the Egyptian side.

Momen Zakaria and Nigerian striker Peter Ebimobowei were the ones creating the chances for Al Ahly and attempting to score with long-range shots on the APR net, but the score remained goalless with just one extra minute of stoppage time added on.

Second Half

After 63 minutes with the score remaining 0-0, Garrido made his first substitution to let Egyptian starlet Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’ come on for Momen Zakaria, in a bid to improve the Red Devils’ counter attacks. As Garrido may have anticipated, Emad Meteb scored in the 65th minute with a great assist from Trezeguet.

Al Ahly started to control the game to give themselves the opportunity to score another goal. Walid Soliman came off the bench replacing ‘Ebi’ and managed to score the second goal for the Egyptian visitors, six minutes before the final whistle. Three minutes of stoppage time were added on, but the only notable event was Al Ahly’s third substitution, which saw Ethiopian star Saladin Said’s introduction, in place of Abdallah El-Said.

Al Ahly earned themselves a decent advantage with two away goals against APR, as they seek to reach the CAF Champions League round of 16. The Red Devils will next face the Rwandese side in the second leg on the 3rd, 4th or 5th of April in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.

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