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Al Ahly to face Kaizer Chiefs in Champions League final

Al Ahly SC 3-0 Esperance de Tunis (Agg. 4-0) | Kaizer Chiefs 0-0 Wydad Casablanca (Agg. 1-0)

Sinan RAJUB SENOGA

Record champions Al Ahly will take on South African side Kaizer Chiefs in this season’s CAF Champions League final on 17th July.

The two sides emerged victorious in their respective semi final ties played on Saturday night.

Al Ahly beat rivals Esperance de Tunis 3-0 at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo to march to the final with a 4-0 aggregate scoreline.

Esperance were reduced to 10-men in the 36th minute as Ilyes Cheti was sent off for denying a goal scoring opportunity. Al Maaloul scored the resultant penalty to give Al Ahly the lead.

The second half saw Mohamed Sheriff and Hussein Shahat score one apiece to seal the emphatic victory for Pitso Mosimane’s side.

Sheriff, who also scored in the first leg, is now the leading scorer of the tournament with five goals.

Kaizer Chiefs sealed a place in the final for the first time ever after holding Wydad Casablanca to a goalless draw at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

The Amakhosi had won the first leg 1-0 in Casablanca and jealously defended their aggregate lead in the second leg.

They missed the services of goalkeeper Bruce Bvuma who was the man of the match in the first but Nigerian custodian Daniel Akpeyi equally stood to the task as well.

Kaizer Chiefs finished 8th in the South African DSTV Premiership but defied all odds to book a place in the continental final.

They became the third South Club to reach the Champions League final after Mamelodi Sundowns (2001 and 2016) and Orlando Pirates (1995 and 2013).

Al Ahly will be playing in the final for the 14th time and will be aiming for their 10th title.

The final will be played at the Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca.

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