Al-Ahly club finally achieved the African Champions League title, absent from its treasury for 7 years, for the ninth time in its history by winning the continental competition final over its traditional rival “Zamalek” with two goals to one, to represent the continent in the Club World Cup to be held in the Qatari capital Doha between February 1 and 11.
Al-Ahly qualified to the African Champions League final twice during the seven years, losing the title to Moroccan Wydad in 2017, and losing it to Tunisias Esperance in 2018.
Al-Ahly won its eight tournaments before crowning today’s CAF Champions League in 1982, 1987, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013.
Al-Ahly club entered the match well, possessing the ball until it was able to open the scoring at the fifth minute from a corner kick by Tunisian Ali Maaloul from the right side, to be met by “Amr Al-Soulia” with a header from close range in the net of Mohammed Abu Jabal.
Ten minutes after Al-Ahly opened the scoring, Zamalek began to enter the atmosphere of the match, where he pressed the red genie and threatened his goal through Moroccan Ashraf Bin Sharqi with a shot that went over the goal, before Mahmoud Abdel Razek “Shikabala” scored the equalizing goal at the 31st minute skillfully And a wonderful shot in the window of Mohamed El-Shennawi.
In the second half, Zamalek continued to perform his wonderful performance, threatening Al-Ahly goal with a powerful shot by Mustafa Mohamed, who was defeated by goalkeeper El-Shennawi at the 50th minute.
Zamalek’s response to Hussein Al-Shahat was very strong, with a missile shot from outside the area by Ahmed Sayed “Zizou” that bounced off the post.
And when everyone thought that the match was on its way to the end with a positive tie to go towards extra runs, Mohamed Magdy “Afsha” sent a long pass inside the penalty area, which Zamalek defender Mahmoud Alaa headed with the head to reach Afsha again, who prepared the ball for himself outside the area and fired a missile in the net “Muhammad Abu Jabal”, to gift his team the title on a plate.
With this defeat, the “Zamalek” complex remained in place not to achieve the title, which has been absent from its treasuries for 18 years, as its last coronation in the most expensive championship goes back to the 2002 season when it won it at the expense of Moroccan sports hope thanks to the goal of “Tamer Abdel Hamid”.
Zamalek won the CAF Champions League 5 times, in the years 1984, 1986, 1993, 1996, 2002.
The Al-Ahly and Zamalek match was broadcast on BN Sports 1 and 7, with the voice of the Tunisian commentator “Essam Chawali,” as well as on “Time Sports” terrestrial broadcasting free of charge without encryption, with the voice of the Egyptian commentator “Medhat Shalaby”.
The following is the details of the Al-Ahly and Zamalek match “from A to Z”
Zamalek 1-2 Al-Ahly
Cairo International Stadium (Cairo – Egypt)
CAF Champions League (Final)
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