Casablanca Ahly, an Egyptian club, won the record-breaking 10th CAF Champions League title with a 3-0 victory over Kaizer Chiefs (10 South African) in Casablanca.
Mohamed Sherif scored the sixth goal in the competition after 53 minutes. This gave the Cairo Red Devils an advantage at the Stade Mohammed V, which is empty due to the coronavirus epidemic.
In a disappointing end to the marquee African club competition, a brilliant goal by Mohamed ‘Afsha” Magdy (64 minutes) left no doubt about the outcome.
Amr el Sulaya added salt to the Chiefs’ wounds by scoring a third goal in 74 minutes. He smashed a back-heel past Nigerian goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi.
The Chiefs struggled to contain Ahly in the second half when the red-carding Happy Mashiane dealt them a huge blow.
After initially flashing a yellow flag, Ahmed Tawfik, full-back, was pushed forward, and he was then able to check the foul on a monitor before changing his mind.
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Ahly was the first club to win three consecutive Champions League titles.
Pitso Mosimane, a South African Ahly coach, was the first African coach to win it three times. He had supported Chiefs since childhood.
In 2016, he was a winner with the South African club Mamelodi Sundowns. Last season, he won again with Ahly in an all-Egyptian final against Zamalek.
They won the Champions League for $2.5 million and are guaranteed an additional $3.5 million in the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan.
The CAF Confederation Cup winner Raja Casablanca, from Morocco, will face the Egyptian club that has won 22 African titles before they travel to the Far East. This match will be for the CAF Super Cup.
Chiefs’ first appearance in the final was bitterly disappointing. Their only CAF title was 21 years ago when they won the now-defunct African Cup Winners Cup.
Ahly was matched by Soweto early on, and Ahly had a lone shot on target during the first half, with a goal by Samir Nurkovic, a Serbian forward. Ahly, captain Mohamed el Shenawy saved the effort.
Chiefs started the second half with ten players. They packed their defence, hoping that they could win through a breakaway goal or a penalty shootout.
The resistance was broken after eight minutes when Sherif took over Akpeyi’s ball.