Wydad Casablanca Claim Third African Crown
Wydad Casablanca claimed glory at the 2021/2022 CAF Champions League on Monday, beating Al Ahly 2-0 in the final of Africa’s most prestigious club competition.
The Moroccans first chance of the game came in the seventh minute when a wayward shot from Mohamed Hany deflected into the path of Guy Mbenza who proceeded to try and chip the keeper from 16 yards out, but the ball floated just wide of the left-hand up-right.
Two minutes later and Jalal Daoudi pulled the best out of the Al Ahly keeper, Mohamed E-Shenawy , when he shot from 20 yards out. El-Shenawy had to dive full length to his left to tip the ball around the post for a corner-kick.
Zahouir El Moutaradji opened the scoring in the 16th minute when he beat keeper El-Shenawy with a right-footed shot from outside the box.
Percy Tau missed a chance to give the Cairo giants an equalizer on the 21st minute, the winger managed to get on the end of Hamdi Fath’s delivery but sliced his effort high and wide.
Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti made a great save just before the break to stop a shot from Al Ahly’s Taher Mohamed Taher.
The half ended 1-0 in favour of Wydad Casabalanca.
Moutaradji doubled Wydad advantage in the 48th minute after capitalizing some slack defending from Mohamed Hani before collecting a rebound off El-Shenawy’s body.
Al Ahly nearly grabbed a goal back in the 54th minute as Aliou Dieng’s header from close range drew a fine save Tagnaouti, following a cross from Ayman Ashraf.
Reeda squandered a chance to increase his side’s advantage in the 56th minute after the midfilder shot wide from close range, following a cross from Achraf Dari.
Magdi Afha tried his luck from range in the 66th minute, but the midfielder’s effort was fired straight at Tagnaouti, who collected with ease.
Amine Farhane went close for Wydad the 72nd minute when his strike sailed just wide of the upright as they continued to search for the third goal.
Al Ahly, meanwhile, failed to trouble Tagnaouti as the second half went on, as they were restricted to long range efforts.
How they lined-up:
Ahly: Mohamed El-Shennawi; Mohamed Hani, Yasser Ibrahim, Ayman Ashraf, Ali Maaloul, Aliou Dieng, Hamdi Fathi, Ahmed Abdel-Kader, Taher Mohamed Taher, Hussein El-Shahat, Percy Tau
Wydad: Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti, Ayoub El Amloud, Achraf Dari, Amine Farhane, Yahia Attiyat Allah, Yahya Jabrane, Jalal Daoudi, Zouhair El Moutaraji, Aymane El Hassouni, Reda Jaadi, Guy Mbenza