Ahly regain form to win sixth CAF Super Cup
Egyptian club Al-Ahly shrugged off poor domestic form to defeat Tunisians CS Sfaxien 3-2 on Thursday and win a record-extending sixth CAF Super Cup title.
The Cairo ‘Red Devils’ twice built two-goal leads before a 30 000 crowd at Cairo Stadium only to be pegged back by the resilient visitors.
When Fakhreddine Ben Youssef scored for Sfaxien 12 minutes from time just one goal separated the clubs and a tense finish ensued.
Amr Gamal netted twice for Ahly after former Hull City striker Mohamed ‘Gedo’ Nagy opened the scoring with the lone first-half goal.
Captain Ali Maaloul was the other Tunisian marksman, converting a mid-second half penalty to bring Sfaxien back into the annual match after they trailed by two goals.
Ahly also had one goal to spare when they met Sfaxien five years ago in the Super Cup, a one-off game between the Champions League and Confederation Cup winners.
Victory was a massive relief for embattled Ahly coach Mohamed Youssef after three national league defeats to modest opponents.
While Ahly celebrated another Super Cup triumph, Sfaxien became the unwanted holders of the record for most losses with three.