AHLY PUT ZANACO QUARTER’S JOY ON HOLD

Egyptian giants, Al Ahly on Saturday delayed Zanaco’s quarter-finals qualification after a barren draw in their Group D Day Five clash on Saturday at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka.

The draw still left Zanaco in command of Group D on 11 points, three ahead of Ahly heading into the final round of matches next week.

The stalemate also saw the Zambia champions stay unbeaten at the group stage after five games but they were second best at home to the record eight-time winners from Egypt.

The hosts had especially goalkeeper Toaster Nsabata to thank for keeping their unbeaten run.

Nsabata was in inspired form in the first 45 minutes and initially parried Abdalla Said’s shot in the ninth minute before he was again called into action in the 38th minute to shut-out Ahmed Fathy’s with a dramatic a one-foot stop.

Before the break, the post came to Zanaco’s aid when Nigerian Junior Ajayi saw his effort come off the woodwork to the relief of the homers.

Nsabata was again the busier man between the post after the break in particular denying the lively Walid Soliman in the 66th minute off a cheeky back-heel from Ajayi.

In the other Group D match in Garoua, Cameroonian champions, Coton Sport, sunk to their fifth successive defeat after Wydad Athletic Club of Morocco edged them 2-0. Achraf Bencharki and Naim Aarab scored in either half to seal victory.

Wydad are tied on eight points with Ahly whilst Coton Sport remain pointless.

Zanaco now head to Morocco to face Wydad next week whilst Ahly battles Coton Sport in Alexandria.

Source: Confederation Africaine de Football

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