Pitso Mosimane entered the annals of elite coaches on the African continent to win two Caf Champions League trophies and lead Al Ahly to their first title since 2013 and ninth overall win with the dramatic 2 : 1 final victory on Friday evening against Zamalek.
Two of the continent’s greatest rivals have completed a final of incomparable speed and class at the Crowdo Cairo International Stadium, as one can only imagine how such a derby final between the giants of the big city would have played out had it happened before their eyes would have been played by fanatical followers.
Amr El Soleya led Ahly in the sixth minute, while Shikabala equaled with a spectacular goal for Zamalek on Dec.. out and Mohamed Magdy scored in the 86. Minute an equally beautiful winner for Mosimane’s team.
Mosimane is adding to the Champions League title he won in 2016 with Mamlodi Sundowns, which he left in a shock move to Ahly in September, to include Africa’s club of the first black coach south of the Sahara of the 20th century. Century.
The coach took on the role of friendly Swiss acquaintance Rene Weiler in the semifinals, where he scored an impressive 5-0 overall win over Wydad Casablanca.
Mosimane joins an elite of seven coaches for having won the Champions League – or before that the Champions Cup – more than once.
His team had to use all their class and organization to fend off a challenge from Zamalek, who ran much of the final in Ahly.
Ahly started the first half on the forefoot and was rewarded with an early goal. Mohamed Magdi Kafsha’s corner from right landed precisely on the head of tall defensive midfielder Amr El Soleya, who nodded home past Zamalek’s goalkeeper Mohamed Abougabal.
The goal, however, only seemed to awaken a tiger within the White Knights. Zamalek put pressure on and Achraf Benchanki shot over the gate.
It was the classy midfielder Shikabala who produced the moment of excellence that reached the level of Zamalek. With the ball at his feet near the right sideline, Shikabala struck Ali Maloul and Junior Ajayi to burst in the middle for a great finish with his left foot past Mohamed Elshanawy.
But it was Ahly who was to take the lead again against the game when the Red Devils swarmed and opened Zamalek with attacking numbers and Maloul shot across the area to find striker Hussine El Shahat, who was with Abougabal stranded and an open gate beckoned, hit the post.
This oportunitty just kinda increased the pace of an already hectic competition. Almost as if they wanted to prove that they were still on the up, Zamalek hit the woodwork too, midfielder Zizo hit the post from 35 meters.
Ahly, however, showed the champions’ patience in building up their structure and strength while Zamalek got tired in the final quarter.
The Red Devils deserved their winner with another spectacular class of the game goal. Mohamed Magdy knocked a defender with the knee in front of Zamalek’s penalty area to a ball from the ground and for the first time hit a volley that passed Abougabal like the sword of a Crusader Sultan.
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