Al Ahly have qualified for their fourth consecutive TotalEnergies CAF Champions League final after edging out Tunisia’s Esperance 1-0 in Cairo on Friday night, to qualify 4-0 on aggregate,which is a record.
Hussein Elshahat scored the only goal for the Egyptian Red Devils in the first half to secure the home victory and progress to their sixth final in seven seasons.
Ahly broke the deadlock after 21 minutes, and it was the bafanabafana wizard Percy Tao who was the chief ochestrator again.
After his brace in the first leg, Tau turned provider this time round, sending Elshahat through on goal with a brilliant defense splitting pass, the latter clipping the ball over the advancing keeper.
Esperance had a chance to respond three minutes on the turn, needing five goals now to turn the tide in their favour. However, Mohamed Ali Ben Hamouda effort on the half volley was deflected for a corner.
In the second half, Ahly continued with their conservative approach, choosing to keep possession and frustrating Esperance who were in desperate need of a goal.
The Tunisians almost got the equalizer in the 71st minute off a counter attack. Ben Hamouda with his pace on the right, capitalizing on the space left by right back Mohamed Hany who had been upfield in attack.
but ended up effort wasted.
AHLY has had a total dominance in the competition, looking forward to their 11th title in the competition meeting either WAC or MAMLODING SUNDOWNS which is yet to the play second leg at MS home SOUTH AFRICA which the first leg ended goalless with MS having two men down.