Egyptian giants Al Ahly defied indifferent league form to beat CS Sfaxien of Tunisia 3-2 in the Orange CAF Super Cup match played Thursday night at Cairo International stadium. Goals from Mohamed Gedo and a brace from new boy Amr Sayed ensured Ahly claim a record sixth Super Cup win . CS Sfaxien captain Ali Maaloul converted a 62nd minute penalty and beautiful strike from Benyoussef Fakhreddine gave them a secong goal but the Red Devils weathered a late surge to win in front of their adoring fans.
Ahly completes back to back Super Cup wins , matching their 2006 and 2007 feat , something only DR Congo’s TP Mazembe and Enyimba of Nigeria have achieved.
CS Sfaxien started out more purposeful and had the better of the early exchanges with play maker Fakhreddine taking on the Ahly defenders but the Tunisians were not efficient in the final third. Al Ahly soon settled into a rhythm and plied the right channel with Ahmed Abdel Moneim amking some telling crosses. It was Moneim whose cross was brought down beautifully by Gedo before he fired past Rami Jeridi in Sfaxien goal.
Ahly added a second less than ten minutes from the break courtesy of Amr Sayed who made the most of a chance inside the box. Veteran Ahly captain, Wael Gomma conceded a penalty and Sfaxien got one back via a well taken penalty by Maaloul. Another Ahly new boy, Moussa Yedan from Cameroon earned applause from Ahly bench and fans when he send it an inch perfect cross for Sayed to head in a third for Ahly. The Camerronian had just come as a substitute. Fakhreddine then hit a scorching shot in the 78th minute to make it an exciting last quarter but Ahly hung on for a precious win .
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