Pitso Mosimane’s Al Ahly ran out 2-0 winners over Wydad Casablanca in the CAF Champions League semi-final first-leg on Saturday evening.
Mosimane welcomed back goalkeeper and captain Mohamed El-Shenawy from injury as well as Tunisian international Ali Maaloul and Marwan Mohsen.
Ahly hit the front inside four minutes after Mohamed Magdi Afsha made the most of a defensive blunder to apply a composed finish from point-blank range.
The host tried to level matters in the closing minutes of the first half, but were met with a resilient Ahly defence led by none other than El-Shenawy.
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Wydad were given a chance to level on 39 minutes when a foul in the area from El-Shenawy resulted in a penalty, which the latter smothered with a double save with Badie Aouk the unfortunate party.
Mosimane introduced a substitution at the start of the second half in Hamdi Fathi, with Aliou Dieng recalled to the dugout in place of the Egyptian international.
Ahly upped their overall advantage in the tie when Maaloul calmly converted from the penalty spot on 60 minutes following a coming-together in the area, moments after Hussein El-Shahat missed a sitter.
Mosimane’s boys were able to absorb the remaining minutes of the match to take a healthy first-leg advantage back to the city of Cairo with the second-leg next Friday.