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Stubborn defence stands between Al Ahly and more Champions League success

Stubborn defence stands between Al Ahly and more Champions League success

AL Ahly will start as favourites to secure a fourth African Champions League title in five years when they host Esperance of Tunisia in Cairo on Saturday in the second leg of the final but must break down a stubborn defence to do so. The Egyptian giants are a long-standing dominant force in African club competition and show no signs of letting up as they look to extend their record number of wins in the continent’s top club competition to 12. They forced a goalless draw in a dour first leg in Tunis last Saturday and with a formidable home…
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Al Ahly and Esperance play out goalless draw in first leg of African Champions League final

Al Ahly and Esperance play out goalless draw in first leg of African Champions League final

HOLDERS Al Ahly of Egypt held out for a goalless draw in the first leg of the African Champions League final at Esperance of Tunisia, putting them in an advantageous position for next week’s return in Cairo. Al Ahly is looking to extend their dominance of club football on the continent with a fourth Champions League success in the last five seasons, and a record-extending 12th overall. They had a defensive approach to the away match at the Rades stadium and restricted their hosts to a single early chance that Esperance’s Brazilian import Rodrigo Rodrigues headed wide of goal. It…
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Holders Al Ahly to meet Simba in African Champions League quarter-final

Holders Al Ahly to meet Simba in African Champions League quarter-final

HOLDERS Al Ahly of Egypt were drawn against Simba of Tanzania in the quarter-final of this season’s African Champions League as they seek to win the continent’s top club title for a sixth time in the last eight editions. The draw was conducted in Cairo on Tuesday and has Simba’s domestic rivals Young Africans pitted against South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns, one of the pre-tournament favourites. Al Ahly will have home advantage in the second leg and if they progress will meet either TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo or Angola’s Petro Atletico in the semi-final. Petro set an…
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