16 November 2008

Egypt: Al Ahly Are African Champs

Egypt's Al Ahly won a record sixth African Champions League trophy on Sunday, beating Coton Sport 4-2 on aggregate.

Ahly had won the first leg of the Final 2-0 in Cairo, and managed a last-minute draw in Cameroon.

The Red Devils become the most successful team in Africa's largest club competition, as they also won the trophy in 1982, 1987, 2001, 2005 and 2006.

Their Cairo rivals Zamalek have won the tournament five times.

In the first 45 minutes the home team, who played Oumara Sanda in place of suspended Ahmadou Ngomna, dominated the game in front of their 35,000-strong crowd in Garoua.

But Ahly soaked up the pressure and tried to control the ball to take the fight out of their opponents.

Ahmed Hassan scored against the run of play on 38 minutes, after a cross from Mohamed Aboutrika, with a deft flick inside the box.

Abdoul Karim Lassina drew level for Coton with a left-footed shot during a goalmouth scramble in first-half injury time.

In the second half, Ousmaila Baba put the home team in front and gave them a fighting chance in the 62nd minute when he nodded home from six yards.

But it wasn't to be as in the 87th minute Ahly captain Shady Mohamed converted a penalty, after Ndam Ndam had committed a foul in the box, and the game ended 2-2.

Ahly win a cash prize of $1-million, as well as the honour of representing Africa at the Fifa World Club Cup in Japan in December, a tournament which they came third at two years ago.

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