Egyptian giants Al Ahly secures a big advantage


SOUTH African Pitso Mosimane has passed his first major test after he guided his new team, Egyptian giants Al Ahly to an impressive 2-0 victory over Wydad Casablanca in the African Champions League semi-final first leg in Morocco. 

Mosimane, who left South African champions Mamelodi Sundowns, is yet to lose at Al Ahly. His record now stands at three wins and a draw.

In Morocco yesterday, Al Ahly got off to a dream start and stunned Wydad Casablanca with an goal after striker Magdy Afsha pounced on a defensive slip to put his side ahead in the fourth minute.

Al Ahly doubled their score in the 62nd when Tunisian international Ali Maaloul scored a penalty after Yahya Jabrane had handled the ball in the box. 

Maloul’s conversion made the hosts rue an opportunity lost just before the break to equalise. Striker Badie Aouk had his penalty saved by Ahly keeper Mohamed El-Shennawy.

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The victory now places Al Ahly, who have won the title a record eight times, in pole position to win the second leg at home and proceed to the final, where they will meet either their rivals, Zamalek or Raja Casablanca, who are taking part in the other semifinal.

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