Rabat - Morocco's Wydad of Casablanca has achieved a draw 1-1 against the Egyptian team of Al Ahly in the first leg of the CAF Champions League Final on Saturday in Alexandria .
Rabat – Morocco’s Wydad of Casablanca has achieved a draw 1-1 against the Egyptian team of Al Ahly in the first leg of the CAF Champions League Final on Saturday in Alexandria .
The Eyptian team stunned Wydad early in the second minute of the game when Moumen Zakaria sent a great shot from outside the penalty area with his left foot, scoring the first goal despite a deperate attempt from Zouhir Laaroubi to stop it.
In the 15th minute Wydad scored the equalizer after the center forward Achraf Bencherki sneaked between three Egyptian defenders to net the goal with a beautiful after an assisst from right-winger Mohamed Ounajem.
Throughout the remaining time of the fist and second halves Al Ahly put so much pressure on the Moroccan squad in search of a second goal but stumbled against a strong Wydad defense.
The Moroccan team managed to preserve the draw despite El Ahly’s frentic attempts to score another lead.
Though the result is highly positive for the Moroccan team, Al Ahly remains very dangerous outside Egypt.
In the quarter finals, Al Ahly secured a qualification from Tunis when it inflicted defeat to the local Esperance despite a draw in the first leg 2-2.
On November 4 Wydad and Al Ahly will meet again for the second leg of their face off.
The Moroccans will need a small victory or at least a draw 0-0 to win the cup for the first time since 1992.
In 2011 Wydad lost the Champions League final against Esperance following a defeat 1-0 in Tunis.
The last Moroccan team to win the tournament was Wydad’s historical rival, Raja, in 1999 against Esperance.