Al Ahly moved to within three points of leader Zamalek after beating Aswan SC 3-1 at Petrosport Stadium on Thursday evening in the Egyptian Premier League match.
Mahmoud Kahraba (22nd minute), Mohamed Sherif (66th minute) and Walter Bwalya (95th minute) scored for the defending champions whereas Emmanuel Karbogi provided the only reply for Aswan in the 87th minute.
Al Ahly took their tally to 58 points with a game in hand over the rivals Zamalek who have 61 points from 27 games.
In a post-match interview, Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane said Aswan’s style of play frustrated the holders but they found a way of winning the game.
“When teams play against us, they sit back and go on counter-attacks. That was very frustrating for us. Today, Aswan went to attack in the final minutes and were vulnerable in the back and we managed to make use of that,” Mosimane told Al Ahly media.
The former Mamelodi Sundowns mentor reserved praise for Congolese striker Bwalya who has now scored in injury time in back-to-back games.
“Walter has been scoring in the last minutes and I hope that scoring will boost his confidence. Kahraba also has been in a good form after playing the last couple of games. Moreover, Hussein also contributed to the goals today with two assists,” he said.
Al Ahly won CAF Super Cup and CAF Champions League. They are now chasing the domestic league and cup in Egypt to complete their perfect season under Mosimane who joined last season from Sundowns.
Match Sheet (courtesy of Al Ahly website)
Referee: Mohamed Adel
Starting Line-up: Ali Lotfy, Ramy Rabia, Yasser Ibrahim, Ayman Ashraf, Ali Maaloul, Aliou Dieng, Amr El Soulia, Mohamed Magdy Afsha, Hussien El Shahat, Mahmoud Kahraba, Mohamed Sherif
Kahraba (Bwalya) 70’, Maaloul (Wahid) 75’, Sherif (Ajayi) 76’, Ayman (Saad) 81’, Afsha (Metwaly) 81’