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18.11.2008 Football News

Al Ahly: African Champions

By Daily Guide
Al Ahly: African Champions

EGYPT'S Al Ahly are African champions for the sixth time after drawing 2-2 with Cameroun's Coton Sport to win 4-2 on aggregate in this year's CAF Champions League final.

The Garoua-based side faced an uphill task against the five-time champions, who held a 2-0 lead from the first leg two weeks ago. But they fought back from a goal down to give Ahly a real challenge. However, it was not enough in the end as the Cairo team leveled up through a penalty and went on to take the trophy.

Al Ahly became the first club in the history of African football to be crowned continental champions six times, eclipsing the five titles held by Cairo rival, Zamalek.

The Red Devils were fortunate to avoid defeat against a spirited Coton Sport side that was let down by some weak finishing, but they ran out comfortable 4-2 aggregate winners as CAF President, Camerounian Issa Hayatou looked on.