Al Ahly crowned African club champ after tumultuous year

Associated Press
11/17/2012 4:21:29 PM
Decrease Text SizeIncrease Text Size
Text Size

TUNIS, Tunisia -- Al Ahly was crowned African club champion on Saturday at the end of a tumultuous and tragic year for the Egyptian team following the Port Said disaster.

Al Ahly beat Tunisia's Esperance 2-1 in Tunis for a 3-2 aggregate victory in the two-leg African Champions League final.

It is Al Ahly's seventh African club title, improving the record of the competition's most successful club. Al Ahly also hasn't played any league football for nine months since the violence at a match in Port Said in February, when over 70 people were killed. That caused the postponement of the Egyptian league, leaving Ahly with just the continental club competition to play in.

A goal in each half on Saturday by Mohamed Gedo and Walid Soliman gave Al Ahly victory at the defending champion after a 1-1 draw in Alexandria two weeks ago.

Esperance's Cameroonian striker Yannick N'Djeng pulled a goal back in the 84th minute and Al Ahly had a late penalty by Mohamed Aboutrika saved by Esperance goalkeeper Ben Cherifia.

The victory earns Al Ahly a place at the Club World Cup and gives Egyptian football a long-needed boost after the violent clashes at a league game between Al Ahly and Al Masry at the beginning of the year that left 74 people dead, most of them fans of Cairo club Ahly.

Only 31,000 fans were allowed into the 60,000-seat stadium in Rades, in the southern suburbs of Tunis, and there was heavy security.

Gedo put Al Ahly ahead in the 43rd and Soliman fired home a second in the 61st. N'Djeng tapped in a cross from the right six minutes from the end before Aboutrika's spot kick was kept out.

Foot kicking soccer ball (Photo: Vladimir Rys/Getty Images)


(Photo: Vladimir Rys/Getty Images)
Share This

Share This

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to FarkAdd to TwitterAdd to Stumble UponAdd to Reddit
Print this Story


TSN 690: oranges at halftime: Frank Klopas: Sept. 18

Following Wednesday night's Champions League win, we catch up with the Impact's Head Coach

TSN 690: oranges at halftime: Tommy Smyth: Sept. 18

We recap the UEFA Champions League Matchday 1 and sneak a peak at Tommy's legendary prediction ways.

TSN FC with Luke Wileman, Jason deVos & Kristian Jack - September 15

Luke, Jason and KJ are back in-studio to talk Toronto FC dysfunction, Tim Leiweke's comments, the Whitecaps playoff push, EPL & more.

More Podcasts

Premier League Shows on is Canada's exclusive home to highlight and feature programs from the Barclay's Premier League. Check out the latest programs on VOD below.

Net Busters

See all the goals, saves, bloopers and quotes from each week

- Episode 4

Previous episodes:3 | 2 | 1

BPL Match Pack

Weekly match preview show using interesting facts & figures

- Week 5

TSN TweetBox
© 2014
All rights reserved.
Bell Media Television