Al Ahly, Wydad clash in CAF Champions League final

EGYPTIAN giants Al Ahly will play Moroccans Wydad Casablanca in this year’s African Champions League final after thrashing Etoile du Sahel 6-2 to win through 7-4 on aggregate.
In an extraordinary semi-final in Alexandria, Al Ahly constantly ripped the Tunisians’ defence apart as they booked their place in the final for a record 11th time.
After Ali Maaloul opened the scoring for the hosts after just two minutes, Walid Azarou took the game away from Etoile with three unanswered goals.
An own goal and a fine strike from Rami Rabiaa took Al Ahly to their first final since 2013, with Etoile replying through Rami El Bedwi and Ihab Msakni late on.
Four years ago, Al Ahly beat South Africa’s Orlando Pirates in the final as they successfully defended the title they had won 12 months earlier.
Sunday’s game was played in front of around 40,000 fans in Alexandria, which boosted Al Ahly since many matches in Egypt are played behind closed doors for security reasons.
Coach Hossam El Badry’s side will meet Wydad in the two-legged final, after the Moroccans beat USM Alger of Algeria 3-1 on Saturday to qualify by the same aggregate scoreline. – BBC

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