Ahly stroll to Champions League group stage with 4-0 win over Niger's Sonidep

Ahram Online , Tuesday 5 Jan 2021

Ahly continue their bid towards a record-extending 10th African Champions League crown with a 4-0 victory over Niger's Sonidep

Ahly beat Niger's Sonidep 4-0 for a 5-0 aggregate win (Photo: Ahram)

Title holders Ahly strolled into the African Champions League group stage with a comfortable 4-0 home win over Niger's Sonidep to complete a 5-0 aggregate win on Tuesday.

Having secured a 1-0 first-leg advantage on the road, it only took Ahly 13 minutes to extend their aggregate lead when new arrival Taher Mohamed Taher opened his account with a simple finish after a superb long pass from veteran winger Walid Soliman.

Things went from bad to worse for Sonidep when goalkeeper Carlos Djouram received a straight red card three minutes later for tripping lone striker Ahmed Rayyan in a one-on-one situation.

Soliman turned from provider to scorer to kill off Sonidep's hopes on 37 minutes, drilling home a low shot following a pull-back from in-form Tunisian left back Ali Maaloul.

Moroccan defender Badr Benoun also scored his first goal for Ahly when he converted a penalty on 67 minutes, awarded for a clumsy foul by the substitute keeper.

Substitute Mahmoud Kahraba completed the rout in stoppage time to atone for missing some easy chances as Ahly continued their bid for a record-extending 10th Champions League crown.

The group stage draw for Africa's blue-riband club competition will take place on Friday.

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