Al Ahly held by Zanaco in Alexandria | CAF Champions League

Al Ahly held by Zanaco in Alexandria | CAF Champions League Egyptian league holders Ahly failed to open their Champions League group-stage campaign with victory after being held to...
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Al Ahly held by Zanaco in Alexandria | CAF Champions League

Egyptian league holders Ahly failed to open their Champions League group-stage campaign with victory after being held to a goalless draw by Zambian side Zanaco at Alexandria’s Borg El-Arab Stadium on Saturday.

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A disappointing display saw Ahly struggle to mount threats despite dominating possession against their unfancied opponents, who also tried to hit the Red Devils on the break.

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The absence of midfielder Hossam Ashour, due to family reasons, looked to have affected the rigidity of the Reds’ midfield – which comprised skipper Hossam Ghaly and Amr El-Sulaya.

Going forward, Ahly’s attackers hardly troubled Zanaco’s rearguard, with striker Soulaymane Coulibaly not enjoying his best of games, as Mido Gaber, Abdallah El-Said and Junior Ajayi failed to sparkle.

However, Coulibaly could have still snatched a precious win in stoppage time but had a close-range effort blocked by the keeper with the goal at his mercy.

With Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca beating Coton Sport 2-0 on Saturday, the Moroccans are now top of Group D.

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