Egyptian heavyweights Al Ahly beat Kaizer Chiefs 3-0 in Morocco on Saturday evening to turn out to be the primary facet in historical past to be topped African champions ten occasions.
In-form ahead Mohamed Sherif scored one and made as Ahly, following a comparatively even opening, took full benefit after Chiefs’ Happy Mashiane was dismissed shortly earlier than the break.
The Cairo facet swiftly profited within the second half, first by Mohamed Sherif with a fantastic chip, then Mohamed ‘Afsha’ Magdy earlier than Amr El Solia cracked residence Sherif’s intelligent backheel.
Ahly’s tally of ten African crowns is now double that of their nearest challengers, with metropolis rivals Zamalek and DR Congo’s TP Mazembe each tied on 5 apiece.
Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane strikes on to a formidable three Champions League titles, with the Egyptians defending the trophy they received final yr whereas his preliminary, and arguably biggest, triumph got here with Mamelodi Sundowns in 2016.
One of his extra uncommon successes, because it got here towards the very staff he supported as a boy, made him solely the second Al Ahly coach to conquer Africa two years in a row, after Portugal’s Manuel Jose in 2005 and 2006.
Fittingly given his latest fantastic kind, it was Sherif who made the breakthrough in Casablanca’s Stade Mohamed VI to take his tally to 9 in his final eight earlier than the ahead helped wrap up the win when teeing up fellow Egypt worldwide El Solia.
The holders got here into the sport as overwhelming favourites, with their record 14th look within the closing of African membership soccer’s showpiece occasion coming towards a facet making their debut.
Playing with new coach Stuart Baxter taking official cost for the primary time, Chiefs had been within the tie till Mashiane noticed purple – so decisively tipping the ultimate in the direction of probably the most profitable membership in African historical past.
Prior to the sport, Mosimane had hinted that slicing the availability line from the flanks and set-pieces may stymy Chiefs and so it proved because the South Africans failed to discover a well past Ahly goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy.
Ahly climb to 22 Africa titles whereas Chiefs nonetheless declare simply the one, the now-defunct African Cup Winners’ Cup in 2001, however after ending eighth within the league, some 31 factors behind champions Sundowns, reaching the ultimate was successful in itself.
Al Ahly, in the meantime, roll on and can hope to impress on the Club World Cup in a similar way to 2020 after they beat Palmeiras of Brazil and took the sport to European champions Bayern Munich in a formidable semi-final defeat.
Prior to that, El Shenawy and 5 Ahly team-mates have extra soccer to play as they head off to Tokyo forward of Egypt’s Olympic participation later this month.