RELIVE: Kaizer Chiefs (South Africa) v Ahly (Egypt) (African Champions League final)

Ahram Online , Saturday 17 Jul 2021

Ahram Online provided a live coverage of Saturday's match between South Africa’s Kaizer Chiefs and Egypt’s Ahly in the African Champions final

Kaizer Chiefs (South Africa) v Ahly (Egypt) (African Champions League final)
Kaizer Chiefs (South Africa) v Ahly (Egypt) (African Champions League final)

Full time: Kaizer Chiefs 0-3 Ahly
Scorers: Mohamed Sherif 53, Magdi Afsha 64, Amr El-Sulaya 74



The referee blows his final whistle, Ahly are crowned African champions for a second straight year and a record-extending 10th time. Thanks for following our live updates! 

90+1' El-Shahat receives a yellow card for a challenge on the keeper. 

90' Ahly make three substitutions. Junior Ajayi replaces Mohamed Sherif, Mahmoud Kahraba replaces Afsha and Salah Mohsen replaces Badr Benoun. 

88' Mohamed Sherif is denied by a last-ditch defensive interception! 

86' Ahly's Dieng receives a yellow card. 

83' Ahly are enjoying a glorious night! Everything goes according to plan as the Red Devils are seven minutes away from a record-extending 10th crown. 

82' Tawfik goes close with a shot that goes just over the bar!.

80' Ahly keeper El-Shennawi pushes away a floated free kick from Billiat. 

79' Ahly defender Badr Benoun is booked for catching Billiat in the face. 

76' Chiefs make a substitution. Philani Zulu replaces Willard Katsande.

74' Ahly end the match as a contest following another flowing move! A long ball finds Hussein El-Shahat, who feeds Sherif to send a delightful back-heel pass to the onrushing Amr El-Sulaya, who makes no mistake with a sublime shot. 

74' GOOOOOOAL FOR AHLY!!!

72' Ahly are moving the ball around smoothly, with Chiefs seemingly giving up. 

69' Chiefs are trying to push forward but they are always outnumbered in the final third. 

67' Ahly make another substitution. Burly Malian midfielder Aliou Dieng replaces Taher. 

64' Afsha, the hero of last year's Champions League triumph, scores a wonderful goal to leave Chiefs with an uphill to climb. A long ball catches Mathoho napping, with Taher running behind him to gather the ball and feed Afsha, who exchanges passes with Sherif and sends an unstoppable curler in off the post. 

64' GOOOOOOAL FOR AHLY!!!

63' Ahly's right-back Akram Tawfik is enjoying a great night! He is the team's best performer so far. 

59' Chiefs make a second substitution. Anthony Agay makes way for Teddy Akumu.

57' Taher is found unmarked at the far post but fails in his attempt to cut inside the retreating Mphahlele.

55' Ahly's task is made easier now! They can make the most of their numerical advantage and score more goals. 

53' Mohamed Sherif finally makes Ahly's dominance count to break the deadlock! He ghosts behind the static defence to latch onto a brilliant threaded pass from right-back Akram Tawfik and lifts the ball over Akpeyi and into the net. 

53' GOOOOOOAL FOR AHLY!!!

52' The lively Afsha plays a one-two with Sherif on the edge of the area but his subsequent shot goes high over. 

50' Ahly winger Taher receives a yellow card for a foul on Ramahlwe Mphahlele.

48' El-Shahat controls a cross on the right hand side of the area, bamboozles Bernard Parker but his shot is blocked by the defence. 

46' Sherif fails to get on the end of a long ball from Amr El-Sulaya. 

46' Chiefs also make a substitution. Star winger Khama Billiat replaces Njabulo Ngcobo.

46' Ahly make their first substitution. Ayman Ashraf makes way for fellow central defender Yasser Ibrahim, with coach Mosimane apparently worried Ashraf could get a second booking. 

The second half is underway 

The referee blows his halftime whistle 

45+3' Mashiane receives a red card!! The referee changes his mind after a VAR review, sending off Mashiane. Ahly will now have a clear advantage in the second half! 

45+1' Happy Mashiane is booked for a reckless challenge on Ahly's right-back Akram Tawfik.

45' Sherif runs onto a through pass from El-Shahat and Akpeyi rushes out, with the forward falling to the ground but the referee waving play on. Television replays show there was no contact between both men. 

42' A fine cross from Afsha is headed away by Eric Mathoho.

38' Afsha cuts inside from the left and fires a shot poorly high. For all Ahly's domination, they are still finding it difficult to carve out openings! 

35' Hussein El-Shahat finds left-back Ali Maaloul with a fine threaded pass but the latter's low cross goes straight into the hands of the keeper. 

33' A hopeful, long-range shot from Amr El-Sulaya goes high over. 

32' Chiefs' central defenders clear a couple of crosses in quick succession. 

31' It's still a bore affair! No real threats after half an hour. 

27' Chiefs are defending doggedly in the face of Ahly's repeated attempts. 

24' A mis-hit acrobatic effort from Afsha misses the target. 

23' A Chiefs corner is played directly towards goal but El-Shennawi pushes it away.

21' Ahly defender Ayman Ashraf is booked for catching Nurkovic with a flailing arm. 

21' A corner is slipped to Hussein El-Shahat on the edge of the area but he blasts his shot high over. 

19' Ahly's mis-placed passes in their own half allow Chiefs to break forward, but Ahly's defence is not troubled. 

16' At the other end, a curling shot from Samir Nurkovic is easily collected by keeper Mohamed El-Shennawi in a rare foray forward from Chiefs. 

14' Ahly are in control, although they are yet to create a goal-scoring chance after quarter of an hour. 

10' Taher runs behind the full-back and receives a pass on left hand side of the area, but his effort is blocked. 

10' Ahly are laying siege to Chiefs' area, launching repeated crosses into the area. 

8' Chiefs' forward Bernard Parker is booked for a mis-timed tackle on Ahly defender Ayman Ashraf. 

6' Akpeyi spares the blushes of a defender after a short back pass, rushing out to collect the ball.  

4' Mohamed Sherif tries to flick a cross from Ali Maaloul but Chiefs keeper Daniel Akpeyi gathers the ball. 

2' Njabulo Blom's shot from a tight angle is blocked and goes out for a corner after Ahly's Hamdi Fathi gives away possession in the area. 

2' Kaizer Chiefs press Ahly high up the pitch in the first two minutes. It's still not clear whether they will adopt a defensive strategy tonight. 

The match is underway 


Starting line-ups:

Kaizer Chiefs: Daniel Akpeyi, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Eric Mathoho, Daniel Cardoso, Reeve Frosler, Njabulo Ngcobo, Willard Katsande, Happy Mashiane, Bernard Parker, Samir Nurkovic, Nkosingiphile Ngcobo

Ahly: Mohamed El-Shennawi, Akram Tawfik, Badr Benoun, Ayman Ashraf, Ali Maaloul, Hamdi Fathi, Amr El-Sulaya, Hussein El-Shahat, Taher Mohamed Taher, Magdi Afsha, Mohamed Sherif


19:20 Ahly's Mosimane sticks to his favourite 4-2-3-1 line-up, with Mohamed Sherif deployed as lone striker and Hussein El-Shahat, Taher Mohamed Taher and Magdi Afsha supporting him. 

16:45 The only time Ahly and Kaizer Chiefs met was in 2002 when the Cairo giants secured a comprehensive 4-1 victory in the African Super Cup at home, a game known for a goal then goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary scored from his own half.

16:15 He has already become popular with Ahly's ever-demanding fans, who would expect their side to come on top against Kazier Chiefs, who are making their first ever appearance in the final.

16:00 The typical down-to-earth Mosimane might be lifting pressure off the shoulders of his players, but he has proven a serial winner since he took the reins in October last year, with Ahly sweeping to a remarkable treble last year and finishing third at the FIFA Club World Cup in February.

15:00 "This generation is different and new, we are currently much smaller than them, every championship we achieve earns us confidence, but there is no comparison with the great golden generation," he added.

14:45 "We do not have Abou-Treika and Barakat, these are the big names that [Ahly's former iconic boss] Manuel Jose had," Ahly coach Mosimane said last month.

13:50 The match will take place behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.

13:00 Ahly, the record winners with nine titles under their belt, successfully defended their Champions League crown twice in the last 15 years, with the last time coming in 2013.

12:00 The Red Devils meet South Africa's Kaizer Chiefs in the final of Africa's blue-riband club competition in Casablanca, targeting a second straight title after they memorably beat Cairo nemesis Zamalek 2-1 in last year's final.

 

11:00 Ahly's unsung crop of players might lack the kind of big names who propelled the team to unprecedented glory more than a decade ago but they can make their own history with another Champions League triumph on Saturday.
 

Stay tuned as match is due to start at 21:00 Cairo time (GMT+2)

Venue: Stade Mohammed V

Referee: Pacifique Ndabihawenimana, Burundi

Read the match preview HERE

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