By Uche Dozie
Defending champions, Al Ahly got on the winning books on Saturday after their 3-2 win over Al Merreikh of Etta Bawak in their group A rescheduled fixture at the Al Salam stadium.
The Reds triumphed in the group tie which ought to be their first match, but was put forward to a latter date due to Ahly’s engagement at the club world cup.
For a fixture that produced 2-2 draw last season, this was expected to be nothing short of a great match and that was what the spectators got.
The Egyptian side got into the scheme of things first as Mohamed Sherif put the Red Devils in front in Cairo after being set up by Percy Tau as early as the second minutes of the first half.
Mohamed Sherif went ahead to score his second to increase the lead of the home side in the thirty-fourth minutes.
However, Nigerian forward Tony Edjomariegwe would make sure his team didn’t go into the end the half with a two goal deficit as he pulled one back for the Mars in what was their first shot on target.
Al Merrikh got their second goal after their second shot at goal courtesy of the Saadeldin El Sammani strike in the 67th minutes.
Thanks to an an own goal by Mustafa Karshoum, Al Ahly’s lead was restored.
With the result, the two teams share the second position on the group with four points each. Though Al Ahly’s number of goals outweighs that of their opponents.
Mamelodi Sundowns still remain top of the log.
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