Al Ahly win Super Cup to extend record to six titles

Al Ahly fans
Al Ahly fans

Egyptian football club Al Ahly won a record-extending sixth Confederation of African Football Super Cup title, beating Sfaxien of Tunisia 3-2 in Cairo.

Ahly shrugged off poor domestic form to defeat their Tunisian opponents in front of a 30,000 strong crowd at the Cairo International Stadium.

The Red Devils twice built two-goal leads only to be pegged back by the resilient visitors.

When Ben Youssef scored for Sfaxien 12 minutes from time just one goal separated the clubs, ensuring a tense finish to the match.

Former Hull City striker Mohamed 'Gedo' Nagy had opened the scoring with the only goal of the first half, controlling the ball superbly from a cross before firing past goalkeeper Rami Jeridi.

Amr Gamal doubled the lead with a close-range shot on 54 minutes only for Sfaxien to hit back when a foul by veteran Wael Gomaa allowed Sfaxien captain Ali Maaloul to convert a penalty.

Cameroon-born substitute Moussa Yedan crossed for Gamal to head Ahly back into a two-goal lead with his second goal of the game.

Sfaxien then struck again, narrowing the gap through Youssef's late goal to make it an anxious climax for the home supporters.

Ahly also had one goal to spare when they met Sfaxien five years ago in the Super Cup - the annual one-off game between the Champions League and Confederation Cup winners.

Victory will come as a big relief for embattled Ahly coach Mohamed Youssef after a string of national league defeats to modest opponents, the latest being a loss at El-Gouna last weekend - their third defeat in nine outings.

While Ahly celebrated another Super Cup triumph, Sfaxien became the unwanted holders of the record for most losses with three.

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