Al Ahly secure top spot after seven-goal thriller against Kampala
Al Ahly have beat Kampala City 4-3 and qualified for the quarter-finals of the CAF Champions League as leaders of group A with 13 points.
Al Ahly have now achieved four consecutive wins in the CAF Champions league, overcoming their slow start in the group-stages.
The Red Devils needed to beat Kampala to secure the top spot of group A, and they got what they wanted after a seven-goal thriller at Borg El-Arab.
After 24 minutes of complete domination from Al Ahly players, Walid Azaro belted the Reds into the lead with a great header, converting Ali Maaloul’s pin-point cross.
Few minutes before the end of the first half, Lawrence Bukenya equalised for the Ugandan side with a glancing header to put Kampala back on level terms.
The visitors nearly scored their second of the game two minutes later, but an outstanding double save from El-Shennawy ensured that Al Ahly will go into the break level.
Six minutes into the second-half, Maaloul won a free-kick on the left edge of the box and perfectly curled the ball for Salif Coulibaly, who collected the ball solely and netted the ball to regain the lead for the Reds.
Al Ahly’s celebrations didn’t last long as after only two minutes, Peter Magambo brilliantly reacted to a cross inside the box and headed in the ball to turn things even again.
In the 62nd minute, Walid Azaro fired the hosts back in front through a header after an exceptional run and an a perfect cross from Ahmed Fathi.
Eight minutes later, substitute Salah Mohsen made it 4-2, tapping in a rebound after the Kampala keeper parried Islam Mohareb long distance shot.
With less than ten minutes left on the clock, Allan Okello fired a shot from distance but it was misjudged by Mohamed El-Shennawy, making it 4-3.
That was a wake-up call for Al Ahly, who started to become more organized defensively and managed to seal a hard-fought three points.
The win made Al Ahly secure the top spot with 13 points, two more than Espérance de Tunis, who drew with Township Rollers in Botswana.
Al Ahly will face one of Algeria’s ES Sétif, Horoya AC of Guinea, or Angolan side Primeiro de Agosto in the quarter-finals of the CAF Champions League.
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