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Al Ahly are African Champions!

Egypt’s Al Ahly cruised in the final with an emphatic 3-0 win over South Africa’s Kaizer Chiefs. This victory saw them win back to back Champions League title.

Pitso Mosimane’s men left little to no hope for the Amakhosi side after they proved hard to beat in the entire game.

The game left more to desire from the first 45 minutes with both teams missing some of the scoring chances that were created. However, Chiefs were dealt with a huge blow after Happy Mashiane was sent off for dangerous foul play on Ahly’s Akram Tawfik.

This sending off saw VAR being used for the first time in a CAF Champions League final. Mashiane had initially been given a yellow card, but upon video review, it was overturned to a red card.

Mosimane made his first substitution as Ayman Ashraf was replaced by Yasser Ibrahim in the 46th minute.

Al Ahly finally got their breakthrough in the 53rd minute as the League’s top-scorer Mohamed Sherif scored his 6th goal of the season from a stunning pass by Akram Tawfik.

Mohamed Sherif later turned goal creator for the second Al Ahly’s goal at the 64th minute by providing an assist for Mohamed Magdy Afsha who scored a wonderful goal from yards out.

The Red Devils later gained complete control of the game as Amakhosi looked to be struggling in every aspect of the game.

At the 74th minute, Mohamed Sherif passed a cheeky back-heel assist to Amr Al-Sulaya who scored the 3rd goal and eventually sealed the deal for the defending champions.

This win saw Al Ahly become 10-time African Champions. They are only the 2nd club in the world to reach double digits in Champions League titles after Real Madrid who are 13-time champions.

Chiefs coach, Stuart Baxter will now look to re-build his team after they have had a horrid domestic 2020/21 season finishing 8th in league.

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