Al Ahly became the first nation to secure their spot in the semi final stage of the African Football League with a 1-1 stalemate against Simba SC at the Cairo international sports stadium.
Al Ahly advanced to the semi final stage by an aggregate scoreline of 3-3 with the Egyptians using the away goal rule from their first leg’s 2-2 draw to their advantage in Cairo’s 1-1 stalemate.
An encounter which was largely dominated by the Egyptians saw the Red Devils fall behind against the run of play in the second half; Simba’s Clatous Chama’s attempted header on goal deflected off teammate Sadio Kanoute’s face and into the bottom corner of Ahly’s net to put the East Africa side up by a goal.
Al Ahly responded 7 minutes after falling behind; Mahmoud Kahraba who was a torn in the flesh for Simba Sc In the first leg was on hand to grab the equalizer and his second goal of the competition for Ahly with his first time side foot finish from Ali Maáloul’s cut back leveling the game in the 77th minute.
Chances were few and far in the closing stages of the game as Ahly held on to the result against Simba to ensure a historic semi final berth in the inaugural African Football League.
Story by: Andrews Sefa Bamfo | univers.ug.edu.gh