CAF CL: Junior Ajayi helps Al Ahly reach Champions League final

CAF CL: Junior Ajayi helps Al Ahly reach Champions League final

Egyptian giants Al Ahly are through to the 2017 CAF Champions League final after an emphatic drubbing of Tunisian side Etoile du Sahel on Sunday.

Walid Azarou netted a well-taken hattrick to inspire the record Champions League winners to a 6-1 victory on the night and 7-3 on aggregate against the hapless Tunisians.

Defender Ali Maaloul opened the floodgate of goals as early as the second minute of the game to serve Hubert Velud’s Etoile a taste of what to expect.

Maaloul thereafter turned it to his own show, the Moroccan completing his treble just after half time by connecting to a Momen Zakaria cross.

The visitors hoped they could spark an unlikely revival when defender Rami Bedoui scored on 51 minutes to bring the scores to 4-1 on the night and 5-3 on aggregate but it was never to be.

It got worse for the Tunisians just before the hour mark when defender Hamdi Nagguez put through his own goal after an incredible piece of work by Walid Soliman.

Defender Rami Rabia further put the game beyond their opponents on 63 minutes as the eight-time champions Ahly completed a 7-3 aggregate score.

Nigerian star Junior Ajayi, who last donned the green and white colours at the Rio Olympics played 67 minutes in Sunday’s game before he was replaced by Emad Motaeb.

Ahly will face Wydad Casablanca in the final after the Moroccan side completed a 3-1 aggregate victory over USM Algier on Saturday. The first leg is billed for next weekend in Egypt.

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