Al Ahly Clinches Historic 12th CAF Champions League Title

Defending champions Ahly claimed a record-extending 12th title by defeating Tunisia’s Esperance 1-0 on Saturday in the second leg of the CAF Champions League final at Cairo International Stadium.

Esperance midfielder Roger Aholou inadvertently scored an early own goal, deflecting a header from Ahly defender Rami Rabia just four minutes into the match, giving the hosts a crucial lead.

Capitalizing on their home advantage and the goalless draw in the first leg in Tunisia, Ahly secured victory over their Tunisian opponents.

This African title is the eighth for Swiss coach Marcel Koller in less than two years with the Cairo giants.

The Reds have set a record by reaching five consecutive Champions League finals and extended their unbeaten run to a record 22 games.

Ahly coach Marcel Koller expressed his delight after defeating Tunisia’s Esperance to clinch the CAF Champions League title, assuring the club’s fans that he remains hungry for more trophies.

“I am extremely pleased with the win and the Champions League triumph against a team of Esperance’s caliber. We had several scoring opportunities but lacked focus in finishing our attacks. Nevertheless, we achieved our objective,” Koller stated during the post-match press conference.

“If not for some carelessness, we could have scored multiple goals. I am delighted to have claimed this prestigious title against a formidable opponent like Esperance. Thankfully, we managed to keep a clean sheet,” added the 63-year-old tactician.

Addressing the fans’ desire for more trophies, Koller acknowledged, “I am well aware that the fans will ask me to win the 13th title. However, it is important that the fans celebrate the championship rather than focus solely on the next one. Like the loyal Ahly fans, I too am hungry for championships and have the ambition to help the team secure more titles.”

Koller dismissed discussions surrounding Ahly’s participation in the FIFA Club World Cup, stating, “It is premature to talk about the Club World Cup at this stage. Our focus should be on other ongoing competitions.”

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