10-man Al Ahly Thrash Kaizer Chiefs to retain CAF Champions League title
Posted On July 21, 2021
Defending champions Al Ahly beat the Kaizer Chiefs 3-0 to retain their CAF Champions League title in the final match which was played on Saturday at the Mohamed V stadium in Casablanca, Morocco.
The first shot on target came in the 16th minute, with Chiefs’ Samir Nurkovic pulling in a powerful effort just outside the penalty area, but Ahly goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy was well placed to make a save comfortable.
Other than that, the chances were rare. Ahly dominated possession and managed to create some overload in wide areas, but their crosses and later efforts at goal did not threaten the Chiefs’ defense and goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi.
The Amakhosi seemed happy to be playing a conservative game and were looking to hit the Egyptian giants on the counterattack, although they lacked the pace and fluidity to really worry the Red Devils’ well-established defense.
The Chiefs suffered a heavy blow at the dawn of half-time when midfielder Happy Mashiane was rightly sent off for a reckless challenge against Akram Tawfik.
Initially deemed worthy of a single yellow card, the referee changed his decision after consulting the VAR instructor and sent the youngster for an early shower.
The start of the second half saw the South African team opt for a tactical reshuffle, replacing midfielder Nkosingiphile Ngcobo with striker Khama Billiat, while Ahly replaced defender Ayman Ashraf (who was scarred yellow card) by Yasser Ibrahim El Hanafi.
It only seemed like a matter of time until Ahly, enjoying her dominance even more with the advantage of a man, broke the deadlock.
The first goal came in the 53rd minute, with Tawfik playing a superb through pass to spot the smart run from Mohamed Sherif, who then provided a cool finish past Akpeyi to bring the score to 1-0.
The second goal came just over 10 minutes later, with an error in the back of the Chiefs allowing Mohamed Magdi Kafsha to exchange passes at the edge of the penalty area before firing an unstoppable shot in the back of the net. via the interior of Akpeyi left. right hand.
Amr El Soulia scored a handsome third in 74 minutes, coming home from a setup at Sherif’s back heel as Ahly activated the style against an increasingly ragged Amakhosi, putting the icing on the cake for the now 10 times African champions.
Ahly will face new Confederation Cup champion Raja Casablanca in the 2021-22 CAF Super Cup.