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Al Ahly draw against Horoya in first leg in Conakry

Salah Mohsen

Al Ahly drew 0-0 in the first leg of the CAF Champions League quarter final away at Horoya in Conakry, Guinea, with neither side creating much in the way of clear chances.

Horoya XI: Germain Berthe; Abou Mangue, Aboubacar Gal Camara, Hamed Marius Assoko, Jean-Noel Lingani; Abdoulaye Camara, Seyei Sebe Baffour, Mohamed Wonkoye, Daouda Camara, Ocansey Mandela; Bolaji Simeon Sakin.

Al Ahly XI: Mohamed El-Shennawy; Ahmed Fathi, Salif Coulibaly, Saad Samir, Ali Maaloul; Hossam Ashour, Hesham Mohamed; Walid Soliman, Nasser Maher, Islam Mohareb; Walid Azarou.

Going into the match, Al Ahly knew that this was a big opportunity as Horoya was a relatively favourable draw in comparison to the prospect of facing ES Setif or Esperance de Tunis on paper. The Guinean champions were making their first ever appearance in the CAF Champions League knockout stage, while Al Ahly are the most successful club in the competition’s history.

The first half was relatively uneventful, with the closest either team coming to scoring being when Ali Maaloul’s cross was deflected off of a Horoya defender and flew just wide of the goal.

Young prospect Salah Mohsen joined the action in the second half, and he came close to making a breakthrough when he was played in by Islam Mohareb however his finish was not good enough.

Horoya dominated possession, however the closest they came to scoring was when they felt they should have been awarded a penalty for a heavy tackle on the right hand side of the box, but the referee adjudged that the Horoya man overran the ball and awarded a goal kick.

Salah Mohsen had another great opportunity, but once again he was unable to score and the game finished 0-0.

The result means that while it is not an ideal result, Al Ahly will be favoured going into the second leg as they will have home advantage back in Cairo.

The second leg takes place on Saturday 22nd of September at 9PM Egyptian time.

Match Reporter and Editor at Quantity surveyor from South East London. Support Leyton Orient and Inter at club level. Due to my mixed heritage I also support England, Egypt and Poland at national level. If it involves a stadium and a football then I'll watch it.

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