Monday, October 22, 2012
CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: AL AHLY KNOCKS OUT SUNSHINE, FACE ESPERANCE IN ALL NORTH AFRICAN FINAL
Egyptian club, Al Ahly will battle Tunisia’s Esperance in the CAF Champions League final after they beat Sunshine Stars of Nigeria one nil to win on a 4 -3 aggregate in the semi final return leg decided on sunday at the Military Stadium in Cairo after both teams played out a 3-3 draw in the first game.
The game was delayed for half an hour after some Egyptian fans reportedly stormed the hotel lodgings of the away team to protest the non commencement of the league.
The home team dominated possession and created more clear-cut chances, while Sunshine were resolute in defence, relying on a couple of fast counters to stretch their opponents’ back four marshaled by the veteran Wael Goma.
Skipper Hossam Ghaly set up Mohamed Nagy ‘Geddo’ for the only goal of the night after 28 minutes, just as he had done in the first leg in Ijebu-Ode a fortnight ago, when he fired a brace.
Ahly continued to dictate the pace of this encounter, but late in the game, Sunshine Cameroonian midfielder Tamen Medrano carved out two chances that would have revived his team’s flagging hopes.
First in the 73rd minute, Medrano dashed into the box and fired to the left of goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy, who did well to dive full stretch and palm the ball to safety.
And a minute later, a Medrano shot from distance came off the post with the Egyptian shot stopper beaten.
Those two efforts seem to instill more self belief in the visitors who continued to battle forward, but it was too little, too late as the clocked ticked away till the end.
Ahly will now face defending champions Esperance in the final with the first leg on the weekend of November 3 and 4.