CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Al Ahly dumps out Sunshine Stars of Akure to book a place in the final

Posted: October 21, 2012 in Sports

Al Ahly defeated Sunshine Stars on Sunday evening to qualify for the final of the 2012 Caf Champions League in front of an empty Military Academy Stadium in Cairo.

The Egyptians opened scoring late in the first half through Ahmed Nagy Gedo as they made the tie very tough for the visitors who needed nothing but a win to sail through to the final.

Sunshine were chasing their first continental final after failing at the semi final stage in last year’s Confederation Cup. But the visitors found it hard to crack open one of Africa’s greatest club sides.

The two teams paraded a few new faces with Godfrey Oboabona returning to captain the Nigerians while they had Henry Ayodele in goal.

The hosts had a couple of chances that ratcheted off the cross bar as they dominated attack for the most part of the game while the Nigerians had no shot on goal as Sharif Ekrami had a quiet game. Gedo gave them the lead three minutes before half time shooting high past Ayodele for his third goal in the two-legged semi final encounter.

However, the visitors had their first attempt on goal through Cameroonian midfielder Tamen Medrano in the second half but Ekrami punched out for a corner kick. Moments later, the Nigerians hit the woodwork again through Medrano as they went in search of an equaliser and perhaps an upset.

The Nigerians looked to be more confident after their attempts on goal and seemed to keep the ball well but were not able to find an opening in the face of a resolute Ahly defence.

Forlorn-looking coach Gbenga Ogunbote made all three substitute changes in search of the much sought after goal but his charges were unable to prise open their hosts.

The Egyptians held on to their lead for a 4-3 aggregate score and will now face defending champions Esperance in the final.

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