Kaizer Chiefs vs. Al Ahly – Football Match Report – July 17, 2021
Egyptian giants Al Ahly won a record-breaking 10th African Champions League title after beating South Africa’s Kaizer Chiefs 10 3-0 in Saturday’s final.
The Cairo club have now won double the number of Champions League titles than the next most successful club – their neighbors Zamalek.
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Mohamed Sherif opened the scoring eight minutes into the second half, followed by goals for Magdi Afsha and Amr El-Sulaya in a dominant display at an empty Mohamed V stadium in Casablanca.
The Soweto club chiefs, appearing in their first Champions League final, had to play the entire 10-man second half after Happy Mashiane was sent off at the stroke of half-time for a head-to-head challenge.
This effectively killed any chance for the South Africans, who had played the game on the back foot as they looked to catch up with the Egyptians on the counterattack.
Al Ahly dominated most of the game as the Chiefs only managed one shot on target, looking out of depth as they regularly returned possession and made many basic mistakes.
Sherif broke the deadlock after a smart run between the Chiefs defense to reclaim a back-line split pass from Akram Tawfik and finish at a tight angle.
Afsha doubled the score 11 minutes later with a curling shot from the edge of the box as the Chiefs’ defense was easily returned.
Sherif went on to become a supplier with a smart back heel to allow El-Sulaya to score the third in the 74th minute. He also hammered home just inside the penalty area.
It was also a third Champions League title for Ahly’s South African coach Pitso Mosimane, who faced the club he supported as a child.