Al Ahly secure win over Al-Merrikh in group stage opener

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- Yasmine El Tohamy - Egyptian powerhouse, Al Ahly, have beaten Sudan’s Al-Merrikh in their first game in the CAF Champions League group stages.

Al Ahly nearly opened the scoring just six minutes in with Mohamed Magdy Afsha’s, whose close-range header grazed the right post.

Until the end of the first half, neither side had any clear-cut opportunities, with Al Ahly clearly being dominant in terms of possession.

In the 49th minute, Mohamed Wahid took a powerful shot from inside the penalty area but it hit the side netting.

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Almost ten minutes later, Afsha scored the opener after receiving Mohamed Hany’s cross with a precise header in the far post.

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In the 63rd minute, Kahraba found himself in a one-on-one situation with the goalkeeper and doubled the Reds’ lead with a calm finish.

Walter Bwalya finally opened his goalscoring tally for the African champions, after receiving Amr El-Sulya’s through pass and smashing it into the back of the net.

Al Ahly now top Group A of the CAF Champions League, with three points, ahead of Simba SC on goal difference, whom they’ll face in their next encounter.

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