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May 19, 2024

CAF Champions League: Record Champions Al Ahly and Esperance set for mouth-watering double-tie after securing Final Slots.

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In a replicate of the 1st leg results, Tunisia Giants Esperance held their nerve to knock out Mamelodi Sundowns last night in Pretoria

In a dramatic semi-final tie with sundowns having all the chances,  20 Year-Old defender Raed Bouchniba hit a hard shot from the right in the 57th minute beating Ronwen Williams to give his team a 1-0 win and a 2-0 aggregate victory that sent the home crowd in the loftus versfeld stadium into a freeze , subsequently sending the North Africans to the finals of the CAF Champions League.

Raed Bouchniba celebrates his goal last night.

This is the 7th time Esperance has reach the CAF Champions League Finals and have won it 4 times. They will be aiming at making it 5 to go level with TP Mazembe and Zamalek who have both Won it 5 times.Sundowns will the participate in the 32-team FIFA Club World Cup in the United States in June and July and will be joined by Wydad SC, Al Ahly and Esperance.

Sundowns will the participate in the 32-team FIFA Club World Cup in the United States in June and July and will be joined by Wydad SC, Al Ahly and Esperance.

In the other Semi-final tie last night, Egyptian heavyweights Al-Ahly qualified for the CAF Champions League final for the 5th time and the 17th official time in history (the most on the continent).

Defender Mohammed Abdelmonem opened the scoring in the 68th minutes, Wesam Abou Ali later doubled Al Ahly’s lead in the 83rd minute. There was no chance for TP Mazembe as Akram Tawfik buried their hopes with a 3rd strike in added minutes to give thr record winners (11 Caf Champions League titles) a 3-0 Aggregate Victory.

Wessam Abou Ali of Al Ahly celebrates goal last night

TP Mazembe’s Beya’s goal was ruled out by VAR in the 59th minute.

With the first leg of the Finals set for Tunis on 18 May, followed by the return in Cairo a week later, a mouthwatering two-legged final showdown awaits between two continental heavyweights.

The Red Devils (Al Ahly) will tussle it out with the Blood and Gold (Esperance).

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