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Tau Clinches Back-To-Back CAFCL Titles

Bafana Bafana star Percy Tau bagged his ninth trophy for Al Ahly as they ran out narrow 1-0 victors over ES Tunis in the CAF Champions League final second leg tie at the Cairo International Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Red Devils came into the tie with an impeccable CAF CL unbeaten record of 19 matches (12 wins and seven draws), keeping 16 clean sheets and conceding just three goals. They also never lost in any of their five meetings between the two sides, winning four and drawing one. They scored an impressive eight goals conceding zero.

It was advantageous for Marcel Koller’s charges after they held Tunis to a 0-0 draw away from home in the final first leg and knew they had to capitalize in front of their home fans.

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The holders did not take long to open the scoring as captain Rami Rabia rose highest to head past the hapless 20-year-old Amenallah Memmiche and hand his side the lead just four minutes in. The goal was however ruled as an own goal by Roger Aholou for a deflected shot.

Tunis was lucky not to have been 2-0 down in the 13th minute when they were caught in transition. Al Ahly winger Emam Ashour stormed down the left flank and into the opposition box but nothing came off it as the ball went out for a goal kick.

In the 19th minute, Tau could’ve registered his name on the scoresheet after being teed up in the Tunis 18-yard box but the South African sent his shot high into the stands.

Ten minutes later, Tau was in the thick of things again, unleashing a shot towards goal from just inside the box. Unfortunately, his shot could only find the side netting.

Hussein El Shahat was next to try his luck in the 35th minute. The Egyptian international failed to take advantage after the referee waved play on for a possible foul just outside the box. With just the goalkeeper to beat, Shahat delayed his shot which was eventually thwarted by the Tunis defence.

Tunis never really troubled the home side but had half a chance at goal in the 44th minute with a whipped-in low cross from the left side but Rabia produced a superb clearance.

Great vision from Tau in the final minute of the first half saw him tee up Ashour in the Tunis box but the resulting shot went out for a goal kick. The hosts took the narrow 1-0 lead into the break.

The visitors came out in the second half looking the better side. Houssem Tka took a long range from 20 yards out but Mostafa Shobeir made a comfortable low dive safe.

Yan Sasse had the best chance for Tunis in the 61st minute after combining well with fellow Brazilian Rodrigo da Silva on the edge of the Al Ahly box. Sasse was in disbelief as his curled shot shaved the outside of the post with Shobeir well beaten.

Ashour had a brilliant chance to wrap up the game with a solo effort in the 79th minute but Memmiche was equally up to the task as he parried the shot away from danger.

It was almost game, set and match when the home side got a set-piece on the edge of the box but the crossbar came to Tunis’ rescue in the 87th minute.

Al Ahly defended everything Tunis threw at them in stoppage time to see out the game and clinch a record 12th title in Africa’s premium club competition.

The ‘Lion Of Judah’ improved his trophy haul at the Red Devils to one Egyptian Premier League, two Egyptian Cups, one CAF Super Cup, two CAF Champions Leagues, and three Egyptian Super Cups.

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