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CAF Champions League: Al Ahly, Kaizer Chiefs pick first leg away victories

The second leg of the semi finals will be played on Saturday 26th June in Cairo and Johannesburg respectively.

SINAN RAJUB SENOGA

• Esperance (Tunisia) 0-1 Al Ahly (Egypt)

• Wydad Casablanca (Morocco) 0-1 Kaizer Chiefs (South Africa)

The semi finals of this season’s CAF Champions League got underway in remarkable style with Al Ahly and Kaizer Chiefs picking up crucial away victories.

Al Ahly beat rivals Esperance de Tunis 1-0 in Rades, Tunisia while Kaizer Chiefs stunned Wydad Casablanca with the similar scoreline at the Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca.

In an evenly contested encounter between the reigning champions and the Tunisia champions, forward Mohamed Sheriff scored the lone goal that ensured victory for the Pitso Mosimane coached side.

Sheriff was set up by Malian midfielder Aliou Dieng and broke the deadlock on rebound after his initial effort came off the bottom post in the 67th minute.

The game was initially delayed after Police fired tear gas into a section of fans inside the stadium few minutes to the kick off time.

The other game on the day saw Kaizer Chiefs upset two time champions Wydad Casablanca courtesy of Samir Nurkovic’s 34th minute goal.

Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Bruce Bvuma pulled a good number of saves that ensured a slim victory for the Amakhosi who are marking their first semi final appearance.

Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Bruce Bvuma produced a man of the match display with 8 saves. (Photo: Kaizer Chiefs)

This was the third time both sides faced off this season having clashed in the group stages with Wydad winning 4-0 at the same venue and Kaizer Chiefs picking a 1-0 in Johannesburg.

The four teams will face off in the second leg of the semi finals on Saturday 26th June in Cairo and Johannesburg respectively.

The two aggregate winners over the two legs with face off in the final slated for July 17th at the Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca.

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