Egyptian champions Al Ahly have reached the group-stages of the 2019/20 CAF Champions League after beating Cano Sport 6-0 on aggregate.
The Reds had won 2-0 in Equatorial Guinea, thanks to strikes from Salah Mohsen and Walid Soliman, before hosting Cano Sport at Borg El-Arab on Saturday.
A draw would have been enough for Al Ahly to advance in the competition, but they did more than that by winning 4-0.
It didn’t take the hosts long to open the scoreline as after eight minutes only, Aliou Dieng managed to score his first goal for Al Ahly on his first-ever start for the club after a scramble inside the box.
Al Ahly settled for the 1-0 lead at half-time, before adding another one just three minutes after the restart through Junior Ajayi.
The Nigerian pounced on Mahmoud Wahid’s inch-perfect cross to double Al Ahly’s lead with a header.
In the 54th minute, Hussein El-Shahat took his tally to four goals in this year’s CAF Champions League when he received a low cross from Ahmed Fathi, before smartly finding the net.
Substitute Salah Mohsen nearly added the fourth when he went through on goal and dribbled past the goalkeeper, but his shot hit the post.
However, two minutes before the full-time whistle, Mohsen managed to add his name on the scoresheet after tapping in El-Shahat’s pass inside the six-yard box.
Cano Sport’s first dangerous chance of the game came in the 91st minute when Benjamín Ndoho found himself through on goal, but his shot hit El-Shennawy’s bar.
The victory means that Al Ahly have reached the CAF Champions League group-stages for the 17th time in their history, more times than any other club.
The Reds join Espérance de Tunis, Mamelodi Sundowns, ZESCO United, FC Platinum, Petro de Luanda, and Raja Casablanca as the only teams that have reached the group-stages so far.