Cairo - Orlando Pirates have failed in their search to don a second star as they
lost 2-0 to Al-Ahly in the second leg of the Caf Champions League final
in Cairo on Sunday.
The Egyptian side won the two-leg affair 3-1
on aggregate after drawing 1-1 in the first leg at Orlando Stadium on
Mohamed Abou-Treika scored for the hosts nine minutes after
half-time and left the Buccaneers desperate to find a goal.
breakthrough never came for the visitors, and Al Ahly displayed
contrastingly clinical finishing as they picked up a second goal through
Ahmed Abdelzaher in the 78th minute.
Pirates, however, had their
chances on the night but were wasteful in attack.
The miss of the
evening belonged to Lennox Bacela with the score still just 1-0 to Al
In the 63rd minute the Pirates striker received the ball
ahead of the Al Ahly defence, and drew the keeper wide but his shot was
whipped across the face of an open goal to the despair of his teammates.
the only South African team to have won the continent's premier club
competition, would have been aiming for a second Champions League title
against a team which has reached the final no fewer than 10 times.
lifted the then-named African Cup of Champions Clubs title in 1995,
beating ASEC Abidjan of the Ivory Coast 3-2 in a two-legged final.
the first half, Pirates had their first dip at goal in the ninth minute
with a free kick from 25 metres out.
Setpiece specialist Daine Klate
stepped up, but fired his shot straight at Al Ahly keeper Sherif Ekramy.
Ahly replied with their first meaningful sojourn into the Pirates half
with a sharp chance on the quarter hour mark.
The visiting defence was
caught ball-watching as Mohamed Naguib was allowed a free header, but
the shot just shaved the target.
Senzo Meyiwa was called into
action in the 22nd minute when Ahmed Abdelzaher went for goal from
range, and the Pirates shot-stopper had to put in a full length dive to
deny the home side.
Klate turned provider in the 35th minute as
he sent a ball into the Al Ahly area which found Tlou Segolela, but his
header from close range was directed wide.
The goal came for Al
Ahly in the 54th minute.
The shot came in from outside the box by
Abdallah Said which was blocked by a Pirates defender.
The ball then
fell perfectly for Abou-Treika - who scored in the first leg - and he
obliged by nudging the ball home to take a 1-0 (2-1 aggregate) lead for
Abdelzaher added the second for Al Ahly from close range with 12 minutes remaining to seal the title.
Even a red card for Al Ahly player Sherif Abdel-Fadil in the 83rd minute could not help Pirates mount an unlikely comeback.
Al Ahly: (0) 2 (Aboutrika 54’, Abdel-Zaher 79’)
Orlando Pirates: 0
Al Ahly win 3-1 on aggregate
Sherif Ekramy, Sherif Abdel-Fadil, Wael Gomaa, Mohamed Naguib, Sayed
Moawad, Ahmed Fathi, Hosssam Ashour, Abdallah El-Said, Walid Soliman (Kenawi 73’),
Mohamed Abou-Treika (Meteab 90+2’), Ahmed Abdelzaher (Rabiea 85’)
Senzo Meyiwa, Lucky Lekgwathi, Thabo Matlaba, Rooi Mahamutsa, Ayanda
Gcaba, Lehohonolo Masalesa (Ntshumayelo 90+4’), Oupa Manyisa, Sifiso Myeni, Tlou Segolela (Mbesuma 76’),
Daine Klate (Makola 86’), Lennox Bacela