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Al Ahli force valuable away draw in semi-final first leg
Reuters in Tripoli, Libya
23.09.2007


Defending champions Al Ahli of Egypt set themselves up for a third successive African Champions League final appearance with a goalless draw at Al Ittihad of Libya in the first leg of their semi-final tie.

The Cairo giants, seeking to win the continent's top title for an unprecedented third year in a row, have a major advantage going into the second leg in the Egyptian capital in two weeks.

But they were almost caught five minutes into Sunday's first leg when Walid Mhadeb broke clear and beat the advancing Al Ahli goalkeeper Essam Al Hadari with a shot, only for the ball to stick on the wet surface and allow Ahmed El Sayed to clear it.

It was the closest the Libyans, surprise semi-finalists, came to scoring.

Al Ahli might have snatched a valuable away win in the last 12 minutes when they had two chances, both provided by mistakes from Al Ittihad's goalkeeper Samir Aboud.

Striker Flávio hit his shot wide and Mohamed Barakat had a shot cleared off the line.

The second leg is in Cairo on 7 October.

Al Hilal of Sudan beat Tunisia's Etoile Sahel 2-1 in the first leg of their semi-final in Omdurman on Friday. They play again on 6 October.
 

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Ahly do not doing well in 2007, our team is not that unbeaten team like 2005 team (it was great) and they are now less than 2006
but i think we can do it and won 2007 title
 

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2007 African Champions League

SEMI FINALS


Al Hilal (Sudan) 2-1 Etoile Sportive du Sahel (Tunisia)
Etoile Sportive du Sahel (Tunisia) 3-1 Al Hilal (Sudan)


Al Ittihad (Libya) 0-0 Al Ahli (Egypt)
Al Ahli (Egypt) 1-0 Al Ittihad (Libya)



The first leg of the final will be played on the weekend of Oct. 26-28 and return leg on weekend of Nov. 9-11.
 

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I am happy to see Portugal (through coach Manuel José) and Angola (through goalscorer Flávio Amado) being linked with Al Ahli's feat of qualifying for a third consecutive Champions League final. :)
 

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Filipe Reis said:
and Angola (through goalscorer Flávio Amado) being linked with Al Ahli's feat of qualifying for a third consecutive Champions League final. :)
..And Gilberto as well :proud: He's an international too, but an Achilles injury kept him out of both the ANC and WC in 06. :moan: He assisted our sole goal on Sunday, in fact he's made a few assists since his recovery. :thumbsup:
 

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A refree from Cameroon will lead the 1st leg and the moroccian Abdel Rahem El Arjon will lead the 2nd leg

Refrees of finals won by Ahly
1982 From Gambia
1987 Mohamed Larash (Morocco)
2001 Abdel Rahem El Arjon (Morocco)
2005 Lasina Bary (Burkina Faso)
2006 Codja Coffi (Benin)
 

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Filipe Reis said:
The first leg of the final will be played on the weekend of Oct. 26-28 and return leg on weekend of Nov. 9-11.
The 1st leg will be on 27 Oct
2nd leg will be on 9 or 10 Nov because the opening cermony of Pan Arab Games (Cairo 2007) will be ib 11 Nov
 

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Etoile du Sahel held by Egyptians


Al-Ahly of Egypt held hosts Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia 0-0 in the first leg of the African Champions League final.

The Tunisians hit the post through Mohammad Ali Nafkha in the 32nd minute after a rare mistake by Al Ahli defender Wael Gomaa.

Gilson 'Ja' Silva blazed wide when through on goal early in the second half for Etoile, while Ahly had two genuine penalty appeals rejected.

The Egyptian side are in the hunt for a third consecutive title.

They are also targeting a record sixth success in a competition they first won 25 years ago.

Etoile have lifted every African Football Confederation club trophy except the Champions League, where they also finished runners-up in 2004 having come short in a penalty shootout against Enyimba of Nigeria.



source: BBC Football
 

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Manuel José issues Ahly warning


Ahly coach Manuel José has told his players to keep their focus as they close in on a record third consecutive Champions League title.

The Egyptians held Tunisia's Etoile du Sahel to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of the final in Sousse on Saturday.

The result prompted celebration among some Ahly players ahead of the second leg to be played in Cairo on 9 November.

The Tunisian 'Red Devils' must fear the worst ahead of the return match as they were also held goalless at home by Ahly in the 2005 final and crumbled 3-0 away.

But the Portuguese manager has warned his side not to be over-confident.

"It would be ridiculous to think we won the cup because we drew in Tunisia," Manuel José said.

"Both teams still have a 50-50 chance.

"I have to admit that we concluded our target in Sousse but we still have to work very hard to make sure that this cup stays with us.

"Etoile are a very good team and honestly they deserve all the respect.

"They have some very good young players and they are certainly a tough challenger."

The Egyptians are seeking to win the title for a record sixth time and for an unprecedented third time in a row.




source: BBC Football
 

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Etoile stun Ahly to conquer Africa
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Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia upset Al Ahly with a 3-1 away win to earn their first Champions League title in Cairo on Friday.

No one outside Tunisia gave Etoile a chance at the Cairo International Stadium after they were held 0-0 two weeks ago in the first leg of the final.

Victory was particularly sweet for the men from the Mediterranean resort of Sousse as they were crushed 3-0 by Ahly at the same ground in the 2005 Champions League decider.

Lifting the trophy completed a clean sweep of Caf titles for Etoile who had won the Cup Winners Cup and Caf Cup twice and the Super Cup and Confederation Cup once.

Ahly were seeking two records - a third consecutive title and sixth overall - but the early second-half dismissal of defender Emad al-Nahas turned a match the Egyptians were poised to win.

Etoile took the lead in first-half stoppage time through Afouene Gharbi only for Al-Nahas to equalise five minutes into the second half of a thrilling final watched by a capacity 50,000 crowd.

Needing to score again under the away-goal rule, Ahly laid siege to the Etoile goal until Al-Nahas was shown a red card by outstanding Moroccan referee Abderrahim al-Arjoun.

Ahly never regained their momentum with 10 men and survived a few scares before Amine Chermiti put Etoile ahead for the second time two minutes into stoppage time and Mohamed Ali Nafkha added a late third.

The home team's coach Manuel Jose was pelted with objects by angry home fans as he received a losers' medal at the end of the game.

Etoile will play the winner of the Confederation Cup final between CS Sfaxien of Tunisia and Al Merreikh.

CS Sfaxien have a 4-2 lead over the Sudanese club.

The new African champions will go on to represent the continent at the Club World Cup in Japan next month.

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I guess Manuel José was right in warning his players that the final was not yet won.

Congratulations to Étoile du Sahel and to the Tunisian football. :thmbup:
 

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We sucked and thats that! this state of denial is sort of delusional, we could have easily killed off the match in the opening 30 mins but we never capitalised, our defence was just pathetic alongside some weird coaching, we shall rise again soon....
 

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totti_the_king said:
**** u 3argon the ref who robbed us by not calling for 2 penalties could turn the game upside down,ahly still the best .
some serious bad loser attitude here.
 

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totti_the_king said:
what do u think i will say after seeing my team robbed 3 penalties in the 2 matchs(away and home).
If that's true then you are right to be upset but you know how these things are...sometimes they are against us others they are for us, that's life. I hope you can recover from this anyway.
 
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