Al Ahly progress to Champs League last 16

John Antwi

John Antwi

Egyptian giants Al Ahly went through to the last-16 of the African champions league after a 2-0 win over Recreativo Libolo of Angola in the second leg of their last 32 tie in Alexandria.

Ahly, coached by former Tottenham manager Martin Jol, went into the game under some pressure after drawing the first leg in Angola 0-0.

Martin Jol’s men eased the nerves with a strike from the impressive Ramadan Sobhi after just 10 minutes, and their victory was complete in the 83rd minute when John Antwi made it 2-0.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Alex McLeish watched his Zamalek side reach the last-16 with a 2-0 win over Union Douala of Cameroon in Cairo.

Zamalek made the most of home advantage having won the first leg 1-0, making sure of the victory thanks to goals from Mahmoud Kahraba and Ahmed Tawfik.

It ensured the Egyptians went through 3-0 on aggregate.

South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns booked their place with a 1-1 draw away to AC Leopards of Congo Brazzaville to secure a 3-1 aggregate win.

Sundowns went to Dolisie leading 2-0 from the first leg and extended their advantage after just seven minutes through midfielder Hlompho Kekana.

Leopards pulled one back from the penalty spot to draw 1-1 but it was not enough as the South Africans advanced.

Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel beat Olympique Khouribga of Morocco 2-0 to advance, having drawn the first leg 1-1.

Morocco did have cause to celebrate earlier in the day as Wydad Casablanca became the first side to reach the next round of the 2016 CAF Champions League, despite a 2-1 defeat away to CNaPS of Madagascar.

Their 5-1 win in Morocco was enough for Wydad Casablanca to progress 6-3 on aggregate.

It was an identical scoreline for Nigerian champions Enyimba who went to Vital’O of Burundi with a 5-1 advantage from the first leg.

Ikechukwu Ibenegbu put Enyimba ahead after 28 minutes to extend their overall lead to 6-1.

Vital’O grabbed one back just two minutes later through Shasiri Nahimana, and scored a second through Laudit Mavugo to make it 2-1 on the day – although it was not enough to prevent Enyimba from progressing 6-3 after both legs.

El Merreikh of Sudan beat Nigeria’s Warri Wolves 1-0 to go through 2-0 on aggregate.

Tanzania’s Young Africans also advanced to the next round after a 1-1 draw with APR of Rwanda in Dar es Salaam.

Young Africans were leading 2-1 from the first leg, and they held on to secure a 3-2 aggregate win.


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