Al Ahly going for three in a row


Ahly, who edged past Al Ittihad 1-0 in Cairo on Sunday, will now be looking to win their third consecutive title after they qualified for the final 1-0 on aggregate, after the two sides drew 0-0 in Libya two weeks ago.

The only goal of the game came after 20 minutes when Hilal's Hesham Shaban headed into his own net as he tries to clear a cross from Angola's Gilberto. Ittihad ended the game with 10 men after substitute Pierre Coulibaly was sent off in the 87th minute.

Etoile du Sahel won through to the final on Saturday with a 3-1 win over Sudan's Al Hilal to give the Tunisian side a 4-3 win on aggregate.

The Tunisians, who had failed to annex the title on two occasions in 2004 and 2005, confirmed another final appearance thanks to a brace from Armine Chermiti and a goal from Saber Ben Fej to end the campaign of the Sudanese champions.

The final is a repeat of the one in 2005 that Ahly won 3-0 on aggregate.

The first leg of the African Champions League final will be played in Sousse in Tunisia on the weekend of the 26-28 October and the second leg two weeks later in Cairo.

In the Confederation Cup, Tunisia’s CS Sfaxien reached the final of the finals after a late strike by Blaise Lelo Mbelo Lelo propelled them to a 2-1 win over Mamelodi Sundowns during their last clash of the group phase.

The DR Congo striker’s 88th minute goal ensured Sfaxien qualified as winners of Group A with 13 points, one more than fellow contenders DR Congo’s TP Mazembe who beat Astres 2-1 in Douala.

Veteran Zimbabwean striker Peter Ndlovu put the visitors in front after 10 minutes with a superb finish from Josta Dladla’s pass, however the Tunisians managed to even the score through Chadi Hammani eight minutes from time, who he headed home from a goal mouth action.

Six minutes later, Lelo stunned the home crowd with the match winner with a clever kick that beat Sundowns’ keeper Brian Baloyi.

Sundowns finished third on six points with Astres rooted at the bottom with four points.

It is the second successive time Sfaxien have reached the final of a major continental club championships after losing to Ahly in last year’s MTN-CAF Champions League.

Dolphins of Nigeria beat Sudan’s El Merriekh 3-0 but could not make it to the final of the CAF Confederation Cup.

The Port Harcourt based side needed to win by five clear goals to go past Merriekh to top the table but after a slow start they were not able to go past three.