Junior Ajayi’s Al Ahly qualified for the CAF Champions League quarter-finals after rallying back back from two goals down to force a 2-2 draw against Al-Merreikh on Saturday afternoon.

Pitso Mosimane kept the same side that thrashed AS Vita 3-0 the last time out, with Mohamed Sherif and Magdi Kafsha flanking centre-forward Marwan Mohsen in a front-three upfront.

Ajayi was a starter in the four-goal thriller.

The Red Devils were fashioning chances in the opening exchanges but they went behind in the 26th minute after a header into the top corner by Ramadan Agab after a cross from a set-piece situation.

Saifeldin Bakhit doubled the lead for Al-Merreikh ten minutes later with a strike from close range after a through ball by Tony Edjomariegwe.

The Sudanese side had a big chance to make it 3-0 on the stroke of half-time from the penalty spot after Badr Benoun fouled Saifeldin Maki inside the box but Agab struck his shot wide.

The game was opening up coming from the break, with Al Ahly getting chances in the early stages but Mohamed Sherif and Taher Mohamed were denied by shot-stopper Mohamed Mustafa.

Mosimane’s men were awarded a penalty in the last ten minutes after Ayman Ashraf was fouled inside the box and Benoun redeemed himself, as he pulled a goal back for the Red Devils with a strike into the bottom corner.

Yasser Ibrahim snatched the equaliser for Al Ahly deep in stoppage time with a strike from close range after a cross by Kafsha following a corner and a point was enough for the Red Devils to qualify for the quarter-finals after AS Vita lost to leaders Simba.

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