Pitso guides Al Ahly to Super Cup title

African Football

Pitso Mosimane secured his third CAF Super Cup title after Al Ahly defeated Raja Casablanca on penalties in Doha.

Mosimane made only one change to the side that thrashed Smouha the last time in the domestic league, as Ali Maaloul was recalled, with Percy Tau flanked by Mohamed Magdi Kafsha and Hussein El Shahat upfront.

The Red Devils had a shaky start after Yasser Ibrahim scored an own goal in the 13th minute attempting to clear a square pass in the box.

Al Ahly came close to levelling matters two minutes later after El Shahat latched onto a rebound in the box and unleashed a strike that was saved by goalkeeper Anas Zniti in the bottom corner.

Raja were denying Mosimane's charges attempts at goal as the half progressed and they had a chance to double their lead just before the half-time break after Abdelilah Hafidi forced a save out of goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy with a strike from outside the box.

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Mosimane made a tactical change at halftime, as striker Mohamed Sherif replaced centre-back Ayman Ashraf but the Red Devils were still not finding chances in the early exchanges of the second stanza.

However, Al Ahly were building good pressure in the latter stages as Tau had a chance to snatch the equaliser 14 minutes before time with a header in the box that missed wide after a cross by Maaloul.

Taher Mohamed eventually levelled matters for the Red Devils with a strike into the bottom corner after he was teed up by Tau from a scramble in the box and the match went straight to penalties.

Al Ahly held their nerve to win 6-5 in the shoot-out after Abdelilah Madkour struck a decisive kick over the bar, as the Red Devils were crowded champions for the second successive time.

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