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Al Ahly clinch record-extending 11th CAF Champions League title

AL AHLY came from a goal down in Casablanca tonight to draw 1-1 with hosts Wydad Athletic Club and secure a record-extending 11th CAF Champions League title.

The Egyptian giants won the final tie 3-2 on aggregate, having beaten the Moroccans 2-1 in the first leg in Cairo last weekend.

Egypt international Mohamed Abdelmoneim scored the title-clinching goal for Al Ahly 11 minutes from time, flicking home a header from a corner kick taken by Ali Maaloul.

Yahia Attiyat Allah had headed Wydad into the lead in the 28th minute to send the Mohamed V Stadium into a frenzy as the home side were ahead on the away goals rule and on course for back-to-back CAF Champions League crowns.

After the late equaliser, Al Ahly played on the counter-attack and would have taken the lead in the night in added time when Ahmed Abdelkader was one-on-one with the Wydad goalkeeper Youssef El Motie but could not steer the ball past him.

Despite pressure from Wydad, Ahly managed to see off the result and reclaim their title.

The latest triumph provided sweet revenge for the Red Devils, who had lost the title last year to the Moroccan giants with a 2-0 defeat in the single-legged final at the Casablanca venue.

Al Ahly’s first title was in 1982 and they have been dominant in the 2000s, winning nine of their 11 trophies between 2001 and 2023.

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