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Al Ahly have defeated Wydad Athletic Club 2-0 in the first leg of the CAF Champions League semi-finals on Saturday.
The Reds started the game with a bang and scored after just five of play through Mohamed Magdy Afsha.
Afsha managed to capitalize on a defensive error and went through on goal before calmly finishing to score his side’s opening goal of the evening
In the 39th minute, Wydad forward Gbagbo Junior Magbi was fouled and brought down in Al Ahly’s box by Mohamed El-Shennawy giving the referee no choice but to award a penalty after consulting VAR.
Badie Aouk stepped up to take the penalty but his effort was parried away and the rebound was calmly collected by El-Shenawy in a heroic double save.
Hussein El-Shahat had a great opportunity to double Al Ahly’s advantage in the 57th minute of the game but his finish was saved by Wydad goalkeeper Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti.
Three minutes later, Al Ahly were awarded a penalty as Junior Ajayi’s shot hit an arm of one of the defenders inside the box. Veteran fullback, Ali Maaloul, converted successfully from the spot to double his side’s lead.
With this victory, Al Ahly have put themselves in a comfortable position ahead of the second leg of the semi-finals.
They host Wydad in the second leg of the semi-finals in Cairo next Friday.
Meanwhile Mamelodi Sundowns winger Themba Zwane has reportedly showed no interest in the opportunity to join Pitso Mosimane at Al Ahly.
Zwane has played an integral role in Sundowns’ front line in the last six years having won multiple league titles and a CAF Champions League title in 2016.
The 31-year-old was rumoured to leave Sundowns and reunite with former head coach, Pitso Mosimane, at Al Ahly.
It’s worth noting that Al Ahly have already signed Arab Contractors winger Taher Mohamed in the summer transfer window, with Raja Casablanca centre-back Badr Benoun nearing a move to the Red Castle.