Egyptian giants Al Ahly reached the 2019-20 Total CAF Champions League first round in style after thrashing South Sudan Atlabara 9-0 on Friday night at the Alexandria based Borg El Arab stadium in the preliminary round second leg. The Red Devils completed the double over their visitors with an impressive 13-0 aggregate.
Al Ahly will now wait the winner of Equatorial Guinea’s Cano Sport and Ethiopia’s Mekelle in the first round next month, with a place in the lucrative group stage at stake.
After a first leg 4-0 victory, Al Ahly scored 9 goals past the South Sudan champions to record the eight time champions biggest ever victory in continental football.
A hat-trick from Hussein Elshahat, a brace from Salah Mohsen and Hamdy Fathy, and a goal from Ahmed Fathy with an own goal from Atlabara’s Mustafa Selim handed Al Ahly a record win in Alexandria.
Guided by interim coach, Mohamed Youssef, after seeing Uruguayan coach Martin Lasarte sacked last week, Al Ahly fielded a much changed side from that which won the first leg. Youssef opted to rest many players, including first leg scorers Ali Maaloul, Walid Azaro and Ahmed Elsheikh.
Hussein Elshahat celebrating his hat-trick for Al Ahly
The Red Devils needed just six minutes to open the scoring via Mohsen. The young striker received Elshahat pass to tap the goal from a close range.
Elshahat turned from provider to scorer after 19 minutes from new recruit Mohamed Magdy “Afsha” assist. Mohsen returned to score his brace four minutes before the break receiving Nigerian Junior Ajayi’s cross. And just before halftime veteran Ahmed Fathy scored Ahly’s fourth from another assist by Elshahat.
ElShahat completed his hattrick two minutes after the hour mark after Atlabara’s goalkeeper Khamis Deka spilled Mohsen’s shot. Hamdy Fathy added Ahly’s eighth from a diving header from Afsha’s corner after 67 minutes.
Ahly’s ninth of the night came after 81 minutes when substitute Geraldo da Costa’s cross was turned home by mistake from the visitors’ defender Selim. It could have been double figures for the Cairo giants but Ahmed Fathy’s injury time goal war ruled out for offside.
Friday, August 23
Al Ahly (Egypt) 9-0 Atlabara (South Sudan) (4-0)
KCCA (Uganda) 2-0 African Stars (Namibia) (2-3)
Cote d’Or (Seychelles) 1-1 Fomboni (Comoros) (2-2)
Saturday, August 24
Raja Athletic Club (Morocco) vs Brikama United (Gambia) (3-3)
El Merreikh (Sudan) vs JS Kabylie (Algeria) (0-1)
Zamalek (Egypt) vs Dekadaha (Somalia) (7-0)
Generation Foot (Senegal) vs LPRC Oilers (Liberia) (0-1)
Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia) vs Hafia (Guinea) (1-2)
Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa) vs AS Otoho (Congo) (1-2)
Zesco United (Zambia) vs Green Mamba (Eswatini) (2-0)
Township Rollers (Botswana) vs Young Africans (Tanzania) (1-1)
FC Platinum (Zimbabwe) vs Big Bullets (Malawi) (0-0)
Primeiro de Agosto (Angola) vs KMKM (Zanzibar) (2-0)
Orlando Pirates (South Africa) vs Green Eagles (Zambia) (0-1)
Sunday, August 25
*El Nasr (Libya) vs Tempete Mocaf (Central African Republic) (0-1)
Horoya (Guinea) vs Stade Malien (Mali) (1-1)
ASCK (Togo) vs Buffles (Benin) (1-1)
AS Vita (Cameroon) vs UMS de Loum (Cameroon) (0-0)
El Hilal (Sudan) vs Rayon Sports (Rwanda) (1-1)
Enyimba (Nigeria) vs Rahimo (Burkina Faso) (0-1)
USM Alger (Algeria) vs SONIDEP (Niger) (2-1)
Gor Mahia (Kenya) vs Aigle Noir (Burundi) (0-0)
Mekelle (Ethiopia) vs Cano Sport (Equatorial Guinea) (1-2)
Asante Kotoko (Ghana) vs Kano Pillars (Nigeria) (2-3)
Petro Atletico (Angola) vs Matlama (Lesotho)(2-0)
Nouadhibou (Mauritania) vs SOA (Cote d’Ivoire) (0-0)
Elect Sport (Chad) vs CMS (Gabon) (0-0)
Simba (Tanzania) vs UD Songo (0-0)
Pamplemousses (Mauritius) vs Fosa Juniors (Madagascar (0-1)
*Match will be played in Cairo