36 Lion product Ajayi stars as Ahly qualify for CAF Champions League final with ease

Al Ahly look well-equipped to add a record-extending 10th CAF Champions League crown to their trophy haul, having produced some efficient displays to take out 10-man Esperance with seamless ease.

Ahly qualified for the final with 36 Lion product Junior Ajayi contributing his quota to the 3-0 second leg win.

Nigerian forward Junior Ajayi replaced Aliou Dieng in the 58th minute at Ahly Stadium (Egypt).

Esperance made their intentions of attacking from the word go clear but they were struggling to break down Al Ahly, who were happy to absorb the pressure and play on transitions.

The game came to life in the 33rd minute after the Red Devils were awarded a penalty following a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) review after IIyes Chetti brought down Taher Mohamed inside the box and after his reaction towards the referee, he was was shown a red card.

Ali Maaloul took the responsibility of the spot-kick and broke the deadlock for Mosimane’s men with a left-footed strike as Al Ahly managed the closing phase of the first stanza to head to the break with a 2-0 lead on aggregate.

Mohamed Sherif killed off the tie for Al Ahly just before the hour-mark, after making it 2-0 on the night with a close range finish after latching onto a through ball by Magdi Kafsha.

El Shahat made it 3-0 on the night and 4-0 on aggregate on the hour mark with a chip over shot-stopper Moez Ben Cherifa, with the VAR taking some time before confirming the goal.

Kahraba missed a sitter in the 72nd minute. His side-footed effort at the far post hit the side netting after a sweet pass from Ajayi.

A close-range volley from the lively Ajayi was blocked by the defence.

In the end, 3-0 was how the encounter finished as Ajayi and Al Ahly will seek to defend their trophy against Chiefs on Saturday 17 July at Mohamed V Stadium in Morocco.

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