In the video, Al-Ahly of Egypt wins the African Champions League at the expense of Moroccan Wydad



Al-Ahly of Egypt won the CAF Champions League title, despite its 1-1 draw with Moroccan Wydad Casablanca (the defending champion), today, Sunday, in the second leg of the tournament final, by winning the two matches 3-2.

Al-Ahly strengthened its record by winning the Champions League title for the 11th time, while the balance of Wydad’s championship titles was frozen at only 4 titles.

The match was held at Mohammed V Stadium in Casablanca, and Wydad started with a goal by Yahya Atiyatallah in the 28th minute from a direct free kick.

Al-Ahly won the first leg 2-1 at home in Cairo last week, to win on aggregate 3-2 and deny Wydad from preserving the continental title that it won last season at the expense of the Egyptian team itself.

Yahya Atiyatallah’s goal in the 27th minute seemed enough for Wydad to win the fourth title in its history and the second in a row.

But Abdel Moneim struck the net with a wonderful header after a corner kick from Ali Maaloul, to return the continental title to Cairo, a year after his transfer to Wydad.

Al-Ahly took revenge for its 2-0 loss against Wydad last year when the final was held from one match in a controversial atmosphere after the decision of the African Football Association (CAF) to assign the organization of the match to Morocco after Senegal withdrew the organization’s request.

Al-Ahly’s victory was helped by the brilliance and stability of his goalkeeper, Mohamed El-Shennawy, who returned to guard the African champion’s goal after his absence from the first-leg match due to his lack of fitness after his return from injury.

While Zuhair Al-Metraji, who scored two goals that crowned Wydad last year, sat on the bench, with the participation of Saif Al-Din Bohra, who scored the Moroccan team’s goal in going to Cairo.

Wydad got two free kicks from the right side, which were executed by Atiyat Allah, but the ball reached Al-Shennawi’s hand both times.

Ayoub Al-Amoud launched from the right side into the Al-Ahly penalty area, but he hit a bad ball.

And Maaloul sent a pass to Mahmoud Abdel Moneim (Kahraba), but goalkeeper Youssef Al-Mutie came out of his goal to head it away a quarter of an hour after the start.

From a free kick from the right, Atiyatullah sent a ball into the penalty area, but no player touched it, and it settled into Al-Ahly’s net.

Kahraba received a ball inside the Wydad penalty area, but the Ethiopian referee, Emlak Tesima, stopped playing during Al-Ahly’s dangerous attack before the player aimed at the goal, which caused a strong objection from Al-Ahly players, and the referee confronted him with a warning to Hussein Al-Shahat in the 41st minute.

The reason for the referee stopping play was the fall of one of the Wydad players to the ground, which is an unfortunate decision because the only case in which play must be stopped immediately is only serious injuries that pose a threat to the player’s life, such as falling on the neck.

Al-Ahly coach Marcel Kohler involved the duo, Mohamed Magdy (Qafsha) and Ahmed Abdel Qader, instead of Marawan Attia and Al-Shahat, hoping to score a goal that would bring his team back in the match.

On the other hand, Wydad coach Sven Vandenbroek pushed Metraji instead of Bohra in order to activate his team’s attack.

Abdul Qadir demanded a penalty kick, but the Ethiopian referee ignored the demands of the Al-Ahly player, who claimed a fall in the 67th minute.

Tessema stopped the match due to the inability to see due to the smoke from the fireworks.

Koller continued to revitalize his attack by involving Amr El-Soulia and Mohamed Sharif instead of Kahraba and Hamdi Fathy.

Kohler’s attempts paid off when Maaloul headed in a corner kick that Abdel Moneim headed over Wydad goalkeeper Youssef El Motiea into the net to return the title to Cairo.

An opportunity was missed by Mohamed Sharif, the Al-Ahly striker, from an attack led by the left of the penalty area, but the ball hit a defender from Wydad and crossed the crossbar, turning into a corner kick in the second minute of stoppage time.

The Wydad players lost their focus and did not pose a threat to Al-Shennawi’s goal, with Al-Ahly’s defense clearing all high balls inside the penalty area.

The presence of a large Moroccan audience

Despite the high temperature, the stadium’s stands were filled about 3 hours before the start of the match, amid strict security precautions, but the Wydad fans were disappointed in retaining the continental title.

The vast majority were Wydad fans, while hundreds of Al-Ahly fans were keen to travel behind the team to Morocco to encourage it, and the authorities allocated places for them in the stadium.


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In the video, Al-Ahly of Egypt wins the African Champions League at the expense of Moroccan Wydad

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