JOHANNESBURG, July 18, 2018 (News Wires) - Two-times champions Esperance came from 2-0 down to beat KCC of Uganda 3-2 and stay top of their African Champions League group.
A late strike, nine minutes from time, secured the win, and puts them 3 points ahead of Egypt's Al Ahly.
Ahly, in their first game under new coach Patrice Carteron, beat Botswana's Township Rollers 3-0.
Elsewhere, there was a shock defeat for Mamelodi Sundowns and TP Mazembe kept up their 100 per cent winning record.
GROUP A: Ahly went into their home game with Township Rollers saying that anything other than a win would be "unacceptable".
Former coach Hossam al-Badry resigned after the 8-times winners were beaten in their second match of the group stage and Tueseday's clash with Rollers was his replacement's first game in charge.
And it all went smoothly, as they earned a comfortable 3-0 win. That puts them back to second in the table, behind Tunisia's Esperance - who were hugely discomfited by Uganda's KCC. The east Africans took a 2-0 lead at the Rades Stadium, but the double strike stung their hosts and by half time they were level. Bilel Mejri got the winner on 81 minutes and Esperance are three points clear. Rollers' coach blamed "naivety and inexperience" for his side's failure to hold on to their advantage.
Group B: Patrice Carteron's former club, TP Mazembe of DR Congo, just about kept up their 100 per cent winning record. But they left it late at home in Lubumbashi against Mouloudia
Alger. Elia Mechak got the only goal of the game with just two minutes remaining.
That win keeps up Mazembe's perfect record, and they are 5 points clear of Mouloudia in the standings. The other game in this group saw Entente Setif of Algeria pip their Moroccan rivals Difaa el Jadida with a last minute winner to take the game 2-1.
Group C: Defending champions Wydad Casablanca were held 1-1 in Conakry by Horoya of Guinea, and both teams are tied at the top on 5 points in the standings. Wydad took the lead on 26 minutes but the home team were level three minutes later.
Bottom of the pool are South Africa's former winners, Mamelodi Sundowns, who were handed a surprise loss in Togo by Port of Lome. Abel Hundele scored the only goal of the game five minutes before the break.
Group D: Tunisia's Etoile du Sahel put in a strong performance to earn a 3-0 away win over Mbabane Swallows in Swaziland - Karim Aouadhi, Maher Hannachi and Amine Chermiti got the goals.
That gives them a three point advantage over Swallows at the top of the pool. Zambia's Zesco United and Primeiro Agosto of Angola both have just two points from their first three games, after playing out a 0-0 draw in Ndola.
CAIRO, July 13, 2018 - Former Al Ahly star Malick Evouna pointed out that he will be returning to the Red Castle following the end of his loan to Turkish side Konyaspor ended.
Kingfut reported at the beginning of the year that Al Ahly have contacted Evouna to bring back their former star to the team and strengthen their offense. The player’s loan spell ended in June 2018 and he will now return to Tianjin Teda Reserves.
On his official Instagram profile, Evouna replied a comment saying that he will come to Al Ahly, which left fans anticipating a possible return to the Cairo giants.
Evouna initially signed for the Red Devils in July 2015 where he made 35 official appearances, scoring 15 goals to lead Al Ahly to the Egyptian Premier League title.
The Gabonese striker then moved to Chinese outfit Tianjin Teda after only one season with the Egyptian champions. However, his start was not bright in China and as a result of his performances, he was transferred to the reserves side.
Last August, Konyaspor completed the signing of the Gabonese forward on loan. In the 2017/18 season, he has made 17 appearances scoring just one goal and making one assist.
CAIRO, July 11, 2018 (News Wires) - Mali defender Salif Coulibaly has joined Al-Ahly from TP Mazembe as a free agent on a two-year deal.
Having also been linked with South African giants Mamelodi Sundowns following the expiry of his TP Mazembe contract, Coulibaly settled for the Egyptian giants.
“Mohamed Fadl, the manager of the club's contracts, announced Al-Ahly’s contract with Salif Coulibaly, defender of Congolese club TP Mazembe and Mali, for two seasons,” said Al-Ahly in a statement.
“Fadl added that the player joined Al Ahly on a free transfer. However, the announcement of the deal was delayed until Coulibaly was in Cairo and underwent medical examination.
“Fadl confirmed that Coulibaly’s arrival came in line with the vision of French coach Patrice Carteron, especially that he was a TP Mazembe player during Carteron’s leadership of the Congolese team.”
Coulibaly will be the fifth foreign player at the Cairo giants and his arrival will force Carteron to sacrifice one player to satisfy the Egyptian Football Association quota rule of four foreigners per team.
South African midfielder Phakamani Mahlambi looks likely to be the player who could be used to free space following interest for his services in his home country.
Coulibaly arrives at Al-Ahly boasting some wealth of experience having won the 2015 Caf Champions League title with TP Mazembe.
Al-Ahly are preparing to resume their Champions League group stage campaign against Township Rollers of Botswana on July 17.
CAIRO, July 5, 2018 - Egyptian football club Al-Ahly have approved the transfer of Moroccan striker Walid Azaro to Chinese Super League side Hebei China Fortune, pending agreement on the transfer fee.
Azaro scored 18 league goals last season to claim the league’s Golden Boot but was agonisingly dropped from Herve Renard’s final World Cup squad.
After joining Al-Ahly from Moroccan side Difaa El Jadida on a four-year deal in the 2017 summer, Azaro saw his stock rise in his debut Egyptian Premier League season, inviting a big Chinese move.
RABAT, June 1, 2018 (News Wires) - Al-Ahly is claiming $6 million in the liberation clause to set Walid Azaro free. The Moroccan international player has expressed his wish to leave after a year with the Egyptian club. Now courted by Wydad, will Azaro come back to Morocco?
According to Al Akhbar, Al-Ahly has agreed to release its favorite striker Walid Azaro during the next summer transfer window, especially since he asked for it after the departure of his coach Houssam Al Badri.
Azaro will not be left out. According to the same source, the Atlas Lion was contacted by a football agent who wanted to recruit him for Wydad. However, the price of the football player’s transfer far exceeds the means of the Casablanca club.
Moreover, the Moroccan club has strong competition, as the Moroccan striker has received a 7 million offer from an unidentified English club.
Last month, he was named the highest-scoring foreigner in a single Egyptian season. This season, Azaro has outscored both the Angolan striker Fl?vio da Silva Amado and the Nigerian striker John Utaka, who previously held the record of 17 goals.
A native of Ait Melloul, near Agadir, Azaro began his career with the Adrar Souss club in the highest division of the Moroccan amateur league.
Before joining Al Ahly in 2017, Walid Azaro played for Difaa El Jadidi for a two-year period. He also participated in the final of the CAF Champions League, representing Morocco’s Atlas Lions, in 2017.
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, May 24, 2018 (News Wires) - Lebanese side Al Nejmeh have managed to qualify for the Arab Club Championship first round after beating Tunisian side Club Africain late on Wednesday.
Al Nejmeh were placed in group A of the playoffs alongside Saudi Arabia’s Al-Faisaly, ASAC Concorde of Mauritania, and Club Africain, and they have won all of their three games.
They beat ASAC Concorde 4-0, before overcoming Al-Faisaly 2-1, which made them enter the final game needing at least a draw to advance to the next round, however, Hassan Maatouk’s penalty in the 68th minute ensured the three points for his team.
Al Nejmeh will now face African giants Al Ahly in the first round, with the first-leg taking place in Egypt.
The Lebanese club had former Egypt international Mahmoud Fathallah in their ranks for one season, before the veteran defender left them to join Arab Contractors last summer.
The remaining spot in the first round will go to either Egypt’s Ittihad of Alexandria or Fath Union Sport of Morocco, as the latter now sit top of group B, only ahead of Ittihad on goal difference, with one game to go.
It’s worth mentioning that Egypt’s other representatives Zamalek and Ismaily will face Kwaitit sides El-Qadsia and Kuwait SC in the first round respectively.