Pitso & Al Ahly crowned African champs

CAF Champions League

Pitso Mosimane bagged a second CAF Champions League title after helping Al Ahly to a 2-1 win over Zamalek on Friday evening.

The day of reckoning was in store for a certain Mosimane, who called on the tried and tested in the form of goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy, Marwan Mohsen and Ali Maaloul.

Ahly showed their intentions five minutes after the start when Amr Al-Sulaya headed home a telling ball at the near post, as the White Knights went to sleep at the back.

Achraf Bencharki went close to bring Zamalek level minutes later following a few half-hearted openings, but lacked the necessary accuracy.

Browse through the gallery above to see action from the Champions League final

It was left to none other than veteran Mahmoud Shikabala, who in sublime fashion brought the White Knights level right on the half-hour mark from a stupendous finish from the 18-yard area after weaving his way past three challenges.

El-Shenawy came up trumps in the earlier minutes of the second half with smart saves from Moustafa Mohamed and Bencharki in particular, before Ahly missed a big chance 53 minutes in when Hussein El Shahat hit the post from a gaping goal following a loose pass around their area.

The post left Ahly on a knife edge midway in the second half following a fierce shot from Zizou after good work from Ahmed Sayed.

With full-time closing in, Mosimane made a change in Geraldo who replaced Junior Ajayi on 67 minutes in a quest to take full control of the encounter.

Ahly regained the lead in the final four minutes through a solid finish from Mohamed Magdy, who rifled the ball into the bottom corner with a strike from around 20 yards out.

That in the end proved enough to land Ahly a record ninth continental title, and Mosimane’s second in four years.

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