African Champions League
- Al Ahly lost Champions League final in 2017 and 2018
- The Red Devils were released in the quarterfinals by the Mamelodi Sundowns in 2019
- They are back on the first step of the podium in 2020
In the span of three years, Al Ahly suffered a series of hard-to-digest setbacks. Twice in a row, the Cairo giant saw the continental title slip away on the wire: in 2017, the Red Devils lost to Wydad Casablanca (2-1 over the whole of the two sets); The following year, their heavy 3-0 defeat on the lawn of Esperance Tunis shattered their dreams of glory, after an initial 3-1 success at home.
In 2019, the Egyptians experienced an unexpected exit from the quarter-finals, against the Mamelodi Sundowns (5-1 cumulative). But they have, of course, never given up their ambition to celebrate a ninth African coronation. The proof.
Despite the disturbances linked to the Covid-19 pandemic in the world, which in particular forced the organizers to postpone the semi-finals by several months, Al Ahly won a title after which he had been running since 2013.
The preliminary rounds posed little problem for the Red Devils, which successively disposed of Atlabara (South Sudan) and Cano Sport (Equatorial Guinea). However, their first outing in the group stage ended in a loss to Etoile du Sahel (1-0). Al Ahly has returned to success at the expense of Sudanese Al Hilal (2-1) and Zimbabweans Platinum (2-0). In the process, he brought back a precious point from his trip to Zvishavane (1-1).
The Cairo club then took revenge on the Tunisians Etoile du Sahel (1-0), before definitively securing their qualification for the rest of the competition thanks to a new draw, obtained in Sudan (1-1 ).
In the quarter-finals, the Egyptians were opposed to Mamelodi Sundowns, their killers in 2019. They won 2-0 in Cairo, before snatching the 1-1 draw in Pretoria. Subsequently, they made short work of Wydad (5-1 over both sets) and snatched the title after a memorable final, won 2-1 against Zamalek. Shikabala tied the two teams following Amr El Soleya’s opener in favor of Al Ahly, but it was Mohamed “Afsha” Magdy who ultimately gave the victory to the Red Devils.
“Putting the final aside, I think the game against Mamelodi Sundowns was the one that gave us the most problems because we wanted to get our revenge. We beat Zamalek in the final, although we didn’t ‘We did not play as well as against Wydad in the previous round. Mosimane knows African football perfectly and he had made the Champions League his main objective “- Hussein El Shahat, attaquant d’Al Ahly
“Zamalek were the strongest in the final. I was not surprised when Shikabala equalized, because we had already been under pressure for a while. We experienced the opposite scenario in the final of the Egyptian Super Cup: we have played better, but the Zamalek won. ” – Mohamed El Shenawy, Al Ahly goalkeeper
At the state
3 – like the number of titles won by Al Ahly in 2020. In addition to the CAF Champions League, the Cairenes won the championship and the Egyptian Cup.
Did you know ?
Pitso Mosimane and Al Ahly have a tumultuous history. The South African technician was in command of the Mamelodi Sundowns when they eliminated Al Ahly in 2019. Arrived in Cairo just before the semi-finals, he has since led the Red Devils under continental title.