Mohsen goal helps Ahly secure comfortable passage to final

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) – An early Marwan Mohsen goal set Al Ahly of Egypt on their way to a 3-1 home victory over Wydad Casablanca of Morocco on Friday and a place in the CAF Champions League final.

Mohsen struck after five minutes. Hussein el Shahat added a second midway through the first half as Ahly doubled their aggregate advantage having won the first leg of the semi-final 2-0 last weekend.

Yasser Ibrahim scored a third goal for record eight-time African champions Ahly before substitute Zouhair el Moutaraji pulled one back eight minutes from time.

Ahly qualified 5-1 overall and must wait until November 1 before knowing whether they will face fellow Egyptians Zamalek or Raja Casablanca of Morocco in the single-match final five days later.

Zamalek were due to defend a 1-0 first leg lead over Raja yesterday in Cairo, but the match was postponed when eight of the Moroccan squad tested positive for coronavirus.

On Friday, Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane from South Africa made one enforced change from the first-leg line-up with veteran full-back Ahmed Fathy replacing injured Tunisian Ali Maaloul.

Argentine-born Wydad coach Miguel Gamondi recalled fit-again Ivorian centre-back Cheick Comara, who was missed last weekend with replacement Yahya Jabrane blamed for both Ahly goals.

Mosimane had warned his team that they could face a “difficult” return match against Wydad, reasoning that Wydad were capable of achieving in Cairo what Ahly did in Casablanca.