Kazier Chiefs fell short as the Egyptian Al Ahly defended their CAF champions league title, winning a deserving 3-0 at the Mohamed V stadium in Casablanca, Morocco on Saturday night.
At half-time, Chiefs were reduced to 10 men following midfielder Happy Mashiane’s red card after he made a reckless tackle on Al Ahly right-back Akram Tawfik, initially it was given as a yellow card, then the referee upgraded it to a red card with confirmation from the VAR. Coach Stuart Baxter admits that the red card was one of the charges that led them to loosing the game. He furthermore says finals are defined by certain incidents and he think this was affected massively by the red card.
The chances for Chiefs winning were now slim as Al Ahly showed no mercy. 8 minutes into the second-half play, the Egyptian’s Mohammed Sheriff scored the first goal (1-0). 11 minutes later midfielder Magdi Kafsha scored the second goal (2-0). It became (3-0) in the 75th minute when midfielder Amr El Soulia scored.
The outcome led to Coach Pitso Mosimane bagging his third Champions League title and Al Ahly’s 10th Champions League title in 15 final appearances.
Mosimane dedicated the trophy to the red devils chairman Mahmoud El Khatib and thanked him for the trust and belief he gave him.