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11/05/2008

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Posted: 11 May 2008 Time: 20:47

Platinum Stars are out of the CAF Champions League after bravely going down 2-0 to Egyptian giants Al-Ahly in Cairo on Sunday night.

Leading 2-1 from the first leg a fortnight ago, Stars were hopeful of pulling off a major shock in Africa’s premier club competition, but second half goals from Emad Moteab and Flavio ensure a 3-2 aggregate defeat.

Tycoons coach Miguel Gamondi was confident prior to the game that he had a game-plan that would frustrate the home side in front of their fanatical fans.

And so it proved in the first half as Stars soaked up the pressure to go into the break at 0-0, and still ahead in the tie.

Moteab should have opened the scoring when he controlled a low cross from Mohamed Barakat midway through the first half, but his hesitation allowed Stars to clear.

Simba Marumo had a rare opportunity for Stars in the 28th minute when he side-stepped Shadi Mohamed inside the area, but his shot hit the side-netting.

Moteab looked dangerous again when he chested Hossam Ashour's chip on the edge of the area, but his low shot that was tipped to safety by Wayne Sandilands in the visitors’ goal.

Flavio also came close in the 33rd minute when he put his header from a superb Gilberto cross just wide of the post.

But Moteab finally broke the deadlock five minutes after halftime when another Flavio header from a Gilberto cross struck the bar and fell into the path of the Egypt striker, who slotted home into an empty net.

And on 68 minutes Flavio got ahead of Sandilands at the near post to head home the excellent Gilberto's in-swinging cross from the left flank.

But credit to Stars, who continued to attack in search of a goal that would level the tie on aggregate. It was not to be, however, and Ahly, who won the competition in 2005 and 2006, and lost in the Final last year to Etoile du Sahel, will now be looking for a record-breaking sixth continental championship.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 09:18 pm
BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME, IT WAS NEVER GONNA BE EASY GOING TO EGYPT
Anonymous
posted: 09:34 pm
Keep ur heads up guys, you have done something kaizer chiefs, sundowns and ajax couldnt do, ie beating Al Ahly before, we are proud of you.
Anonymous
posted: 09:40 pm
I don't mean to sound negative but we all knew things would be extremely for Stars in Egypt, we were just hoping for a miracle and unfortunately it didn't happen.

To Platinum Stars players, you tried your best but it just wasn't meant to be. It is up to you if you want to take this as a defeat or as a challenge, I personally think you did a good job, irrespective of the defeat . I'm proud of you
Anonymous
posted: 10:30 pm
Well done Stars, next time you'll do even better
Anonymous
posted: 11:37 pm
And that is why as a nation our football will always be weak because we are FOREVER APPLAUDING DEFEAT. The score might as well have been 10-0 to the Egyptians. We lost once again. Its a disgrace.I would like to ask Mr Khoza how he measures the PSL as been the 7 best league in the world. We cannot even win Continental Championships. This league is not converting Continental Championship medals because the football standards are weak. Finish and Klaar
Anonymous
posted: 12:32 am
Well, i knew it was gonna be tough, we are not yet in Al Ahly's league as of yet. We have to change the way we do things in our football fraternity before we beat the likes of Almighty Pharaos
Anonymous
posted: 12:32 am
Hard luck guys, you guys did your best. But I think you all forgot who Al ahly is. The best team in Africa and the top team, We will beat you next year too. I’m telling you all from now……….
Anonymous
posted: 01:29 am
Our hearts were with you guys, come back home and cement the top eight position.Good luck for the future.
Anonymous
posted: 06:57 am
appologise for posting here: WHY IS THE SUNDOWNS ARTICLE NOT OPENNING? DID U SUNFLOWERS LOCK IT SO THAT WE WONT COMMENT COZ YOU OUT OF THE COMPETITION? COME GUYZ DONT USE MOTSEPES BILLIONS TO LOCL ARTICLES
Anonymous
posted: 07:46 am
You did your best guys, credit to the team and Technical team for job....
Anonymous
posted: 08:12 am
私はStarz がチャンピオンリーグからあること幸せである。
Anonymous
posted: 08:44 am
Kickoff supports Sundonosas(heheh, i like the name). Serously though, not even reaching the group stage. Something is horribly wrong with our teams, especially when we play outside the couintry. Our players are not mentally strong against adversity, foreign crowds or something. This must be addresed becasue i dont think we play that horrible. Ajax won 5 - 1 and lost 5-0? How is that possible unless players crumbles...
Anonymous
posted: 09:01 am
and for sundowns, the recent poor form in Africa continues
Anonymous
posted: 09:35 am
We were expecting miracles in Cairo but unfortunately it didn’t happen. What does this tell us about our football in terms of growth or development? This is a downward trend. When was the last time our local club reaches the semis or final?

Who to blame in situations like these or how to improve? The standard of PSL is poor.

We will always dream to conquer Africa but we will never touch our dream. Even Bafana Bafana, they must forget about winning AFCON. Our players are very weak and lazy. Did you wash the derby (Chiefs vs. Pirates) on Saturday? The standard of play was very weak. Our football is dead. Players are being spoilt by high salaries. We have money but unfortunately it cannot buy us talent.
Anonymous
posted: 09:42 am
can anyone stop attacking downs they the best team this country has ever had for God's sake
Anonymous
posted: 10:20 am
It is the same old story. SA teams can't walk the talk in African football
Anonymous
posted: 12:52 pm
its a good debut,hope u make it next time
Anonymous
posted: 05:46 pm
Good job Ahly well deserved, group stage wouldnt be worth watching without u in it. Continue success! Red Devils 4ever. Jose kuddos to u. Gilberto the man of the match (IMO). P-Stars i respect u, u gave it a good shot and u were successful in the 1st leg no 1 can take that away from u. Ahlawyyyy 4ever
Anonymous
posted: 05:49 pm
I'm wondering if anyone heard any post-game comments from Miguel Gamondi or the Platinum Stars players after the game? Anything from the press conference after the game? Please share..
Anonymous
posted: 10:37 am
u know what we don't need fans like beno in SA football, how can celebrate and praise Al ahly for beating P.STARS, u may as well go and stay in Egypt bcoz u'r bad news 4 SA soccer, P.stars did very well by atleast managed to beat them here at home. It's obvious u were not the happy man when they beat the AL ahly team, even SA netball is too gud 4 u,it'll be better if u go 4 morabaraba as a supporter not futball,
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