Al Ahly clinch 8th African Super Cup beating Raja on penalties

Ahly s players celebrate after winning the CAF Super Cup against Raja
Ahly s players celebrate after winning the CAF Super Cup against Raja

Egypt’s Ahly salvaged a 1-1 draw at the death before going on to win a record-extending eighth African Super Cup title following a 6-5 shootout victory over Morocco’s Raja Casablanca in Qatari capital Doha on Wednesday.

Just when Raja where about to celebrate a looming win, substitute Taher Mohamed Taher struck in the 90th minute to spark jubilant scenes at Al Rayyan Stadium.

Hamid Ahadad, who played against Ahly while at Cairo rivals Zamalek last season, gave Raja a 13th-minute lead as the Red Devils looked porous at the back and toothless upfront.

But Ahly were reinvigorated following the second-half introduction of wingers Taher and Ahmed Abdel-Kader as well as striker Mohamed Sherif.

In a nerve-wracking shootout, both sides converted their five spot kicks with some powerful shots that both keepers were unable to stop even when they guessed right.

However, Ahly settled the tie in their favour in the sudden death, with Akram Tawfik converting his penalty and Raja’s Abdelilah Madkour blasting his effort astonishingly high over.

Ahly, who won back-to-back African Champions League and Super Cup titles, are now five Super Cup triumphs clear of nearest challengers Zamalek.

Isaac Darko
Isaac Darko is the lead Combat Sports writer for AfroBallers. He is an expert in Boxing, Mixed Martial Art and Wrestling reportage. Isaac is a journalist with newfound love for athlete management and digital media.

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