Eight-time CAF Champions League winners Al Ahly could face five-time winners and fellow Egyptian side Zamalek in the final after they both won their semifinal first legs against Moroccan sides Wydad Casablanca and Raja Casablanca respectively.
With new coach Pitso Mosimane taking charge of his first champions league game in charge of Al Ahly, the Egyptians put up a commanding display to defeat Wydad Casablanca 2-0 in the first leg of their semi-final at the Stade Mohamed V.
Mohamed Magdi Kafsha pounced on a defensive error to give Al Ahly a fourth minute lead against the hosts who were handed a chance to draw level when Mohamed El Shenawy brought down Gbagbo Magbi in the box.
Badie Aouk’s penalty was saved, however, and the visitors made sure of the win when Ali Maaloul drilled home from 12 yards in the 62nd minute, giving the visitors the advantage heading into Friday’s second leg.
The second semifinal saw Zamalek edge past Raja Casablanca as Achraf Bencharki’s header secured a 1-0 first-leg victory the Mohamed V Complex in Casablanca to make it a bad weekend at the office for Morocco at the hands of Egyptian opposition.
Zamalek, the five-time African champions, scored what proved to be the winner in the 18th minute, with Zizo’s cross from the right planted by Bencharki’s head into the net.
Raja nearly snatched an equaliser through Rahimi as the Moroccan champions fought back.
But the visitors held on and could have had a more decisive win had Youssef Obama not spurned a great second-half chance to give Zamalek a two-goal cushion.