The Egyptian Al-Ahly team, on Saturday, defeated its host Wydad Casablanca, Morocco, with a score of 2 zero, in the first leg of the semi-finals of the African Champions League for football. The goals of Al-Ahly Club were scored by Mohamed Magdy and Tunisian Ali Maaloul through a penalty kick. It is expected that the return match will be held next Friday at the “Cairo International Stadium”.
The South African coach of Al-Ahly of Egypt, Pitso Mosimane, broke the knot of the Mohammed V Stadium in Casablanca, after he led his new team to beat its host Wydad Casablanca of Morocco 2-0, Saturday in the first leg of the semi-final round. For the African Football Champions League. The two goals were scored by Mohamed Magdy (3) and Tunisian Ali Maaloul (62 from a penalty kick).
With this result, Al-Ahly put ahead in the final, while the return match will be held next Friday at the Cairo International Stadium. The second match in the semi-final first leg will take place on Sunday between Morocco’s Raja Casablanca and Egypt’s Zamalek.
Al-Ahly is seeking its ninth title to consolidate its record, while Wydad hopes to return back in search of its third title in its history.
Argentine Wydad coach Miguel Angel Gamunde played the match with a modified line-up, joining Yahya Gibran and Ibrahim Najm El Din in the back line, while Ibrahim Naccache returned to the midfield, supported by duo Ayman Al-Hassouni and Walid Al-Karti.
In the triple attack, Ismael Al-Haddad, Badi Awok and Al-Ajji Gbagbo Mugabe, while it was surprising to keep the Congolese Democratic Kasadi Kasungu on the bench with the Ivorian defender Sheikh Kumar.
Gamunde admitted after the loss that things were very difficult, “the disappointment is great. I did not have many options as I had to play three players outside their positions, and we were affected by physical and mental exhaustion due to our arrival to the match after we were fighting for the league title.”
He continued: “We were shocked by the quick goal that came through a fatal mistake and then we missed a penalty kick while the team was doing well in the first half.” He also considered that “there is no alternative for us in the second leg but to fight, and we still have hope. WADD is a great team and has its presence and experience, and therefore we have to confirm this matter despite the difficulty of the task, I repeat.”
As for Al-Ahly coach Pitso Musimane, who finally replaced the Swiss Rene Fyler, he read the match correctly, as he played in an offensive lineup despite the team’s many absences, especially in the cheek of defense.
Al-Ahly football director Sayed Abdel Hafeez said that playing the Champions League semi-finals was a motivation for presenting a fighting match at an advanced level.
He added, “This match is behind us, and we have to focus and prepare for the return match, as great work awaits us. We deserve to win and we could have come out with a bigger result if we took advantage of the many opportunities we had.”
And the Confederation of African Football announced that the final of the League African Champions It is scheduled to take place on November 6, and it will be held in Cairo, unless Wydad qualifies. At that time, it will be held in Casablanca. The hero gets a prize of $ 2.5 million.