Al Ahly is the most successful club in CAF Champions League history. They have won almost twice as many CAFCL titles as any other team. But with this amount of success comes a great deal of scrutiny, which sometimes manifests as hate (that’s what us football fans call it).
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So, what are Al Ahly haters saying about the club? That they are supported by the media in Egypt, that they buy promising young talent and bench them, that they get favors from CAF itself? Pfft, that’s amateur stuff. Here is our list of Al Ahly hate 101 (don’t be so serious now, we like Al Ahly 😁)
1. Biggest ever CAFCL defeat
Sundowns 5-0 Al Ahly (2019)
Who didn’t have a blast when Sundowns put 5 past El Shennawy? It could have been more but the Egyptian goalkeeper salvaged what was left of Al Ahly’s dignity. This CAFCL quarterfinal loss forced a team makeover and now Ahly is building the most formidable squad in Africa.
2. Hand of God
Esperance Tunis 1-0 Al Ahly (2010)
Forget Maradona. Michael Eneramo redefined the hand of god goal in the 2010 CAFCL semifinal tie between Al Ahly and Esperance Tunis. Things were precarious for the Red Devils, at 2-1, heading into the second leg in Rades. You need God to beat the Devil and it didn’t take too long either. Nigerian striker, Michael Eneramo opened the match with the most audacious goal you will ever see. It was enough. Ahly fans have never gotten over it.
3. A memorable final loss
Al Ahly 1-3 Etoile Sahel (2007)
The Red Devils looked set to make history as the one team to win the CAF Champions League 3 seasons in a row. It didn’t look like there was they would be denied. They were to play the 2007 CAFCL final second leg, against Etoile Sahel, at home and the club was celebrating a 100th birthday. But the unthinkable did happen. Etoile Sahel settled the match in injury time to complete their collection of CAF titles.
4. Al Ahly killers
Kano Pillars 3-3 Al Ahly (2009)
The Cairo giants had reached every CAF Champions League final since 2005. Things had gotten boring. And the CAFCL really needed an Al Ahly killer. The club that did Africa the favour was not one of the usual suspects. It was a CAFCL one season wonder club called Kano Pillars. The Nigerian side had been held to a home draw in the second round first leg match. But they were good enough to go to Cairo and get a draw as well. Only that this draw put them through to the group stage on goal difference. Flavio and Barakat could not save Al Ahly.
5. Ahly made ordinary
Group A (2016)
Yeah, Al Ahly was having a rough time transitioning from its golden generation. But you could always rely on the club to perform once in the CAFCL group stage. In 2016, this is exactly what did not happen. The fact Ahly was coached by a highly-paid Martin Jol (former Tottenham coach) makes matters even more laughable. They failed to win any of their meetings against ZESCO Utd and ASEC Mimosas, effectively diminishing the aura that had surrounded them for so long. Everyone fears Wydad Casablanca these days.
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