x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Ahly stretch record haul of trophies

Egypt's Al Ahly won their eighth CAF Champions League on Sunday, beating Orlando Pirates of South Africa in the second leg of the final 2-0 after the sides drew the first leg 1-1.

Mohamed Aboutrika, following Al Ahly's African Champions League victory on Sunday night. Osama Abdel Naby / AP
Mohamed Aboutrika, following Al Ahly's African Champions League victory on Sunday night. Osama Abdel Naby / AP

CAIRO // Egypt’s Al Ahly won an eighth African Champions League trophy when they beat South Africa’s Orlando Pirates 2-0 in the second leg of the final in Cairo last night.

Ahly, who won Africa’s top club competition in 1982, 1987, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, triumphed 3-1 on aggregate. The Cairo club will represent Africa at the Fifa Club World Cup in Morocco next month.

Mohamed Aboutrika, who enjoyed a successful six-month loan at Arabian Gulf League side Baniyas last season, opened the scoring in the 54th minute when he stabbed home from just outside the six-yard box.

Ahmed Abdel Zaher doubled the Ahly lead in the 78th minute when, unmarked inside the area, he shot past the Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa.

The Egyptian champions were reduced to 10 men six minutes from time when defender Sherif Abdel Fadil was sent off for a foul on Daine Klate.

The Pirates, African champions in 1995, put up a spirited fight, but Ahly’s second goal seemed to stymie them at a packed Arab Contractors Stadium. The South African champions created several chances but could not take them.

The best chance of the first half fell to the Pirates when somehow Tlou Segolela failed to convert from inside the six-yard box, after a superb pull back by Klate from the right.

They failed again in front of goal in the 63rd minute when Lennox Bacela dribbled past goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy, but his final ball screamed across the face of goal.

* Agence France-Presse