Tau acts again as Ahly stays on track for the CAF Champions League title



Percy Tau provided two more assists and Mohamed Sherif drew in injury time for Al Ahly’s Egypt who drew 2-2 at Algeria’s Entente Setif on Saturday to stay on course for the third consecutive CAF Champions League title. Without precedents.

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Tau got off to a slow start with hers Ahly career, but Bafana star Bafana had a huge influence in bringing Ahly to the Champions League finals, contributing to each of six goals scored in the last four, with two goals and four assists.

Ahmed Abdel Kader put Ahly in the lead after just two minutes of the second leg, on a pass from Tau before goals from Ahmed Kendouci and Riad Benayah on both sides of the half gave Setif the lead.

But two-time African champions Setif were denied the consolation of a home win in Algiers when Tau set Sherif to equalize.

Ahly won the semi-final 6-2 on aggregate after taking a four-goal first leg lead in Cairo last weekend, and will face longtime rivals Wydad Casablanca of Morocco in the final on 30 May.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) scheduled the title decision in the main African club competition for Morocco, saying they were the only bidders.

However, 10-time record champions Ahly want the match to take place in a neutral venue and have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland to overturn the CAF decision.

Ahly and Wydad met in the 2017 final with the Moroccans winning 2-1 overall over two games, before the single game finals were introduced two seasons ago.

The CAF says it will consider returning to the two-stage Champions League finals, but is adamant that the 2022 title decision must move forward in Morocco.

– Task without hope –

Tau scored twice and created the other two goals in the first leg and his pass allowed Abdel Kader to pass goalkeeper Sofiane Khedairia less than two minutes after kick-off.

The goal forced Setif to score at least six to make the biggest comeback in Champions League history.

This would never have happened against formidable opponents like Ahly, who have won 23 titles in four CAF competitions.

Instead, the Black Eagles sought the consolation of a home win over the Red Devils and drew as half-time approached.

Kendouci turned around in the area and unleashed a hard, rising shot that flew into the net past captain and goalkeeper Mohamed el Shenawy from the bottom of the crossbar.

Benayah scored his fifth goal in Africa this season to set Setif ahead just after the hour, beating El Shenawy with a shot from outside the box that flew into the net from the surface.

Substitute Sherif then spoiled the celebrations for the Algerian fans’ pending victory with his sixth goal, one short of Champions League top scorer Tiago Azulao of Angolan club Petro Luanda.

On Friday, Petro exceeded expectations by forcing Wydad to draw 1-1 in Casablanca in the other second leg, but the Moroccans advanced 4-2 overall to their third final appearance in six seasons.

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