Egyptian champions Ahly underlined their supremacy in the CAF Champions League by clinching a spot in the group stage through a commanding 4-0 triumph over Ethiopia’s Saint George in the second leg of the round of 32, held at Cairo International Stadium on Friday.
Commencing their quest to defend their title with a commanding 3-0 victory against Saint George in the previous week’s first leg, the Cairo giants sustained their impressive form to secure a comprehensive aggregate triumph.
The scoring began just ten minutes into the match when Mohamed ‘Afsha’ Magdi delivered a remarkable free-kick from beyond the box. He further expanded the lead in the 39th minute, courtesy of a brilliant assist from Karim El Debes.
Mahmoud ‘Kahraba’ Abdel-Moneim left his imprint on the match as well, confidently converting a penalty kick in the 34th minute and securing his second goal in the 63rd minute thanks to a stellar assist from newcomer Emam Ashour.
Notably, the Ethiopian side had requested both legs to be held in Cairo, and it was on their chosen home ground that Ahly unequivocally displayed their supremacy.
With 22 minutes left on the clock, Ahly’s coach Marcel Koller decided to introduce some fresh faces, bringing on Karim Fouad and Yasser Ibrahim to provide a well-deserved rest to his regular squad.
Following this development, the Swiss coach opted for a double substitution, bringing in Taher Mohamed Taher and the gifted South African winger Percy Tau.
Even in the absence of key players like the newly acquired French striker Anthony Modeste, experienced midfielder Amr El-Sulaya, and defender Mahmoud Metwally due to injuries, Ahly showcased their remarkable strength and squad depth.
The Red Devils secured their 11th African Champions League title in the previous season by triumphing over Wydad Athletic Club with a 3-2 aggregate score in the final. Their determination remains unwavering as they strive to prolong their reign as the continent’s premier club.