Five-star Al Ahly too strong for Simba

Five-star Al Ahly too strong for Simba
02 February 2019 10:15

Egyptian giants Al Ahly scored five goals in 39 minutes to go top of Group D. The Red Devils proved too strong for their Tanzanian visitors Simba as they thrashed them 5-0 in Alexandria on Saturday as the mini league stage reached the halfway mark.

Despite being hit by a series of injuries to no less than 11 key players, Ahly produced an outstanding first half performance to score all five goals in the opening 40 minutes. The record eight time champions top Group D charts with seven points, three clear of second placed AS Vita of DR Congo. Simba have three points and Algeria’s JS Saoura on two points in that order.

Ahly needed just 130 seconds to break the deadlock. A corner kick from Ali Maaloul found Hussein Elshahhat whose cross was met by Amro Elsoleya’s header for the opener.

Tunisian Maaloul thought he had doubled Ahly’s lead after 15 minutes but his free-kick kissed the side net. Nigerian-import Junior Ajayi produced a beautiful back-heel kick that was saved by the visitor’s goalkeeper Aishi Manula.

Maaloul scored Ahly’s second after 23 minutes, finishing a brilliant group play that saw him scoring after Nasser Maher’s through pass. The Tunisian left back later turned from scorer to provider when he sent a calling cross that found Ajayi to make it 3-0 at the half hour mark.

And just four minutes later Karim “Nedved” added his name to the scorers list when he finished Elshahhat’s cross to score Ahly’s fourth. Nedved returned on 39 minutes to complete his personal brace while Elshahhat completed his hat-trick of assists as the Red Devils went into the break leading 5-0.

The second half was a story of scarce chances as both sides slowed down the pace, while both keepers had almost no work to do. All the damage were already done for Simba in the first half while Ahly was happy to hold on to victory.

Both sides will meet in the reverse fixture on Tuesday 12 February 2019 in Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam.


In the other Group D match, AS Vita were held to a 2-2 draw by visiting Saoura in Kinshasa.



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