‘You Made Africa Proud’ – CAF Celebrates Al Ahly Club World Cup Bronze
By Amaechi Agbo
Africa’s football governing body, the Confederation of Africa Football, CAF has celebrated Al Ahly of Egypt after they won bronze medal at the 2021 FIFI Club World Cup held in Qatar, Besthcoicesports.com.ng can report
Al Ahly defeated Palmeiras 3-2 after the regulation time ended 0-0 with Nigeria’s Junior Ajayi netting the winning penalty for the Egyptians.
Mohamed El Shenaway saved two penalties in the shootout as Al Ahly edged Palmeiras 3-2 to finish third at the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020™ after 90 minutes had ended with the score 0-0.
Al Ahly started the brighter and had a great opportunity midway through the first half. A mistake by Felipe Melo enabled Amr Elsoulia to go through on goal, but he pulled his shot wide.
Mohamed Afsha spurned another good chance for the Egyptians, and Rony twice threatened for Palmeiras, but the opening 45 finished goalless.
The Brazilians came out for the second half in search of a breakthrough, and Rony and Patrick de Paula quickly missed attempts.
In the 66th minute, Elsoulia’s fine volley forced Weverton into a smart save. Junior Ajayi fired home the rebound, but the Nigerian was adjudged to have been offside.
Patrick did well to hold off his marker and power into the Ahly area, but he pulled his fierce, low drive wide of the post in the 80th minute and the contest went to a shootout.
Only one of the first five penalties was scored and, ultimately, Luiz Adriano’s miss, El Shenaway’s denials of Rony and Felipe Melo, cost Palmeiras.
CAF described the feat as a great achievement decaling that they made Africa proud.
“Great achievement from @AlAhly as they secure a medal in the #ClubWC after beating Copa Libertadores champions @Palmeiras on penalties Third place”
“Made Africa proud,” CAF said on Twitter