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Al Ahly fail to clinch their ninth CAF Champions League title from Wydad

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Al Ahly suffered a 2-1 loss to Wydad on aggregate, failing to fly back to with the most prestigious African trophy .

Al Ahly made two changes to their starting lineup that drew 1-1 the first leg of the CAF Champions League final with Mohamed Hany and Hussein El Sayed coming in while Mohamed Naguib moved to the bench and Ali Maaloul was out injured. As such, Rabiaa back to center back as Fathi moved to midfield, Hany to right back, and El Sayed to left back.

were also struck with injuries as star winger Mohamed Ounnajem missed out after being injured in the first leg.

 

As early as the fifth minute, Al Ahly had their first chance when Moroccan striker Walid Azarou effort from Mo’men Zakaria’s cross was diverted out for a corner by the Wydad defense. A few minutes later, Abdallah El Said’s corner was headed out by Ismail El Haddad.

In the 12th minute, Azarou horrifically missed from point blank range. Wydad’s first chance came as Achraf Bencharki sent a dangerous low cross, but it failed to find any of his teammates.

The best chance in the first half went to Wydad when Sherif Ekramy watched as Abdeladim Khadrouf’s shot hit the crossbar. Four minutes later, Mo’men found himself in a one on one situation with the keeper, but his shot was saved.

The second half kicked off with a chance for Wydad, but the resulting shot hit the side netting. In the 58th minute, El Haddad found himself against Rabiaa who sent the ball for a corner.

In the 70th minute, Wydad scored their first goal through Walid El Karti who headed in Bencharki’s deflected cross past Ekramy. Ekramy made a great save in the 80th minute to keep the score line 1-0.

Wydad Casablanca have become African Champions for the 2nd time in their history and first time in 25 years. They will be Africa’s representatives at the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup in December.

Meanwhile, Al Ahly will return to domestic competition as they take on Telephonat Beni Suef in the round of 32 of the Egypt Cup on November 10.

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