Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 10:49:08 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Huge challenge for mighty Ahly in CAF Champions League

photo by

Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

AFP, Johannesburg :
Famed Egyptian club Al Ahly face one of the greatest challenges in their 112-year history when they try to wipe out a five-goal CAF Champions League deficit Saturday.
South African side Mamelodi Sundowns exceeded their own expectations by thrashing the Cairo Red Devils 5-0 last weekend in the first leg of a quarter-final.
It was the heaviest loss suffered by the record eight-time Champions League winners in Africa, surpassing the 4-0 CAF Cup defeat by Enugu Rangers in Nigeria 16 years ago.
To survive, an Ahly team saturated with Egyptian internationals must become the first club to overcome a five-goal deficit in the elite African club competition.
Tanzanian club Simba SC hold the record for the greatest comeback after defeating Mufulira Wanderers 5-0 in Zambia 40 years ago having lost 4-0 at home.
History offers Ahly a glimmer of hope as they have scored seven goals once, six goals twice and five goals five times in Egypt in two-leg Champions League ties.
Former African champions Sundowns' worst away performance in the competition came 19 years ago when they crumbled 6-1 against Africa Sports in a group game in the Ivory Coast.
AFP Sport previews the second legs with Sundowns, TP Mazembe of the
Democratic Republic of Congo, Wydad Casablanca of Morocco and trophy holders Esperance of Tunisia set to advance.
Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has warned his team to "keep your feet on the ground and remain humble" after their greatest single-match performance in Africa.
He will hope for at least one goal from star midfielder Themba Zwane, who has already notched six in the Champions League this season. Ahly have moved the second leg from Suez to a much bigger stadium in Alexandria, where a crowd restricted to 30,000 for security reasons will hope for a miraculous comeback.
Mazembe v Simba
Hosts Mazembe have not lost at home in the Champions League since 2009 and it is difficult to imagine Simba winning in Lubumbashi especially after being held 0-0 in Tanzania.
Rising star Jackson Muleka and veteran Tresor Mputu have spearheaded the Mazembe challenge for a sixth title, scoring four goals each in qualifying and group matches.
A Simba side coached by Belgian Patrick Aussems reached the quarter-finals
despite a wretched away record, losing four of five matches and conceding
five goals twice. Wydad v Horoya
Guineans Horoya are facing a last-eight exit for the second successive season after only drawing 0-0 at home against twice champions Wydad.
Moroccan Mohamed Nahiri is a left-back, but has scored four Champions League goals while none of his Wydad team-mates managed more than one.
Horoya have struggled away to stronger sides, conceding three goals to Al
Nasr in Egypt and Orlando Pirates in South Africa. Esperance v Constantine
The outcome of this tie appears a foregone conclusion after three-time champions Esperance established a 3-2 lead away to far less experienced CS Constantine in Algeria.
A succession of 2-0 home victories eased the Tunis outfit into the quarter-finals and it is difficult to identify which players pose the biggest threat because nine have scored.
Constantine also boast many scorers but two of them, midfielder Sid Ali Lamri and striker Ismail Belkacemi, are injured and may miss the return match.

Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

Stand beside flood-hit people

DIFFERENT kinds of waterborne diseases have begun spreading as floodwater started receding across the country. But in the post-flood scenario, many people are suffering from diarrhoea, skin diseases, dysentery, cholera and other waterborne diseases. Officials of the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre said the flood situation may continue improving in ...

Sports »

Lowry weathers storm to win British Open and first major

Ireland's Shane Lowry withstood howling wind and rain to win his first major at the British Open by six shots from Tommy Fleetwood on Sunday, describing the achievement as "an out-of-body experience".In desperately difficult conditions, Lowry's one-over par final round was still more than enough as he finished on 15-under ...

International »

UK leadership favourite Johnson hits more turmoil on last voting day

AFP :Britain's leadership contest entered its finale Monday with the favourite Boris Johnson facing more defections from ministers over his Brexit plan.The month-long contest between former London mayor Johnson and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is being decided by fewer than 200,000 grassroots members of the governing Conservative Party.The winner will ...

International »

Zelensky party heads for absolute majority in Ukraine

AFP :Ukraine's comedian-turned-president Volodymyr Zelensky is set to control an absolute majority in parliament, ushering in a generational shift in the ex-Soviet country's political arena.The 41-year-old became Ukraine's youngest ever post-Soviet leader when he took office two months ago and has promised to stamp out corruption and end a separatist ...

City »

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina presenting National Fisheries Award to Mostofa Al Rajib, Upazila Fisheries Officer, Betagi , Barguna for the latter's contribution in Fisheries Sector at a ceremony held recently in the auditorium of Krishibid Institution, Bangladesh in the city on the occasion of National Fisheries Week.

Entertainment »

Mamo under Tauquir’s direction, Bipasha’s story

Sheikh Arif Bulbon :As an actress, in the beginning of her career, Zakia Bari Mamo got the National Film Award to act in Tauquir Ahmed-directed movie Daruchini Dwip. For this reason, Mamo always respects to Tauquir Ahmed. Now she is a matured actress who always wants to work in challenging ...

Editorial »

Taking law in own hand is an ominous sign

MOBS beat to death five people, including two women, and injured 10 others on suspicion of being child kidnappers across the country on Saturday. The incidents happened just a day after three people were beaten by a mob in Thakurgaon. Incidents of mob beating have increased even after the Bridges ...

International »

Abe on course to retain majority in upper house election

AFP, Tokyo :Japanese voters cast ballots Sunday in an upper house election, with Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc looking to protect its majority and keep on track plans to amend the country's pacifist constitution.The 64-year-old Abe, who is on course to become Japan's longest-serving prime minister, is also hoping to shore ...

Entertainment »

Mehazabien, Tawsif, Sabila Nur’s Eid drama Better half

Entertainment Report :Few days ago, a drama titled Swapno Dekhi Abaro, directed by Mahmudur Rahman Himi, was made with theme given by popular TV actress Mehazabien Chowdhury. Mehazabien also acted in this play against Shamol Mawla which will be telecasted in upcoming Eid. This time Imraul Rafat has made an ...

Editorial »

Administrative control over ACC only to happy the corrupts

ANTI-GRAFT campaigner Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has expressed deep concern and extreme disappointment over the government's decision for making Deputy Commissioners as authorised officers to oversee the Anti-Corruption Commission's work in the districts. The move will undoubtedly restrict the ACC's ability to fight graft and proper investigation into allegations of ...

Sports »

Penny drops for Canada's teen swim queen Oleksiak

Canada's Penny Oleksiak insists she has finally left the "weirdness" of capturing Olympic swimming gold at the tender age of 16 after finally recovering from a lengthy Rio hangover. Oleksiak, who is preparing for the world championships which begin in South Korea this weekend, stunned the sport when she dead-heated ...

International »

Thousands rally in support of Hong Kong police

AP, Hong Kong :Tens of thousands of people rallied in support of Hong Kong's police and pro-Beijing leadership on Saturday, a vivid illustration of the polarisation coursing through the city after weeks of anti-government demonstrations.Hong Kong has been rocked by more than a month of huge and largely peaceful protests-as ...

International »

US offers $7m to find Hezbollah agent as Pompeo visits Argentina

AFP, Buenos Aires :The United States on Friday offered a $7 million reward to find a Hezbollah operative accused of masterminding a deadly 1994 attack on a Jewish center in Buenos Aires, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought to unite Latin American nations against the militants.Pompeo visited to mark ...

Entertainment »

Shilpa Shetty to return to the big screen after twelve years

Shilpa Shetty is all set to make a comeback on the big screen after a gap of twelve years. The actress was last seen in Dharmendra, Sunny and Bobby Deol starrer Apne (2007). Before jetting off on a holiday with family, Shilpa has green lit filmmaker Aziz Mirza's son Haroon ...

Editorial »

Corruption in WASA crosses all limits

THE Anti Corruption Commission has identified eight projects and three areas in Dhaka WASA where corruption takes place. The State enterprise keeps extending deadlines and increasing the costs of its projects to create room for corruption. In many cases, WASA did not carry out its work as per project designs ...

Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Write a comment to this news