Al Ahly win African Super Cup on penalties
(Cafonline.com) – African Champions club Al Ahly grabbed the African Super Cup Friday night at the Cairo International Stadium by defeating Royal Armed Forces of Morocco 4-2 on penalties after both teams were tied at 0-0 in normal and extra time.
Like it was in the final of the African Nations Cup two weeks earlier when Egypt edged out Cote d'Ivoire on penalties, goalkeeper Essam El Hadary was again the hero as he saved two kicks during the penalty shootout to give the Egyptians another moment of glory to savour.
It was Ahly’s second Super Cup triumph after they first won the trophy competed for between the winners of Africa’s top two club competitions in 2002.
This champion of champions match-up was first played in 1993.Even without several key players including influential Egypt international Mohamed Barakat, Ahly dominated proceedings for most of the game as their Moroccan opponents, winners of the CAF Confederation Cup, preferred to absorb the pressure and launch occasional counter attacks.
Fired on by a crowd of over 40,000 fans, Al Ahly took the game to ASFAR from the blast of the whistle but there was hardly much to choose from both teams.
Both teams had chances to wrap up the game particularly in extra time but some excellent goalkeeping by both Ahly’s El Hadary and the giant Terek Jarmouni of ASFAR ensured the encounter dragged on to a penalty shootout after 120 minutes with no goals.
Just before the end of the first half of extra time, Egypt international striker Emad Moteab blasted his effort wide off target and moments later El Hadary tipped a goal-bound shot for corner to save the Egyptians some blushes