The African National Congress is starting its “dispute resolution process” in a bid to address the a.
MANUEL Jose ended his title-strewn career as Al-Ahly coach disastrously when the Egyptian giants were dumped out of the African Confederation Cup by Santos in Angola on Sunday.
Ahly, winners of the African Champions League a record six times, took a 3-0 lead into the return match and even the absence of star midfielder Mohamed Aboutraika was not expected to prevent them reaching the group phase.
But a Santos team competing in Africa for the first time this year had other ideas and triumphed 3-0 in Luanda to level the aggregate score before winning the fourth-round tie 6-5 on penalties.
Bebucho put the Angolans ahead midway through the first half. Milex set up a thrilling finish with a second goal in the closing stages and Saul struck the crucial third two minutes from full time.
Success for Santos completed a wonderful weekend for the oil-rich southern African nation in the second-tier African club competition as Primeiro Agosto eliminated holders CS Sfaxien in Tunisia on Saturday, also in a shootout.
Ahly have campaigned in Africa regularly since 1975 and this was only the fourth time they had suffered a three-goal loss, with Mouloudia Alger of Algeria, Hearts of Oak of Ghana and Al-Hilal of Sudan inflicting the other defeats.
The heavy reverses against Mouloudia and Hearts came three decades ago while Hilal triumphed two years ago in Omdurman against a club that claims 40 million supporters in Egypt and the Middle East.
It was a sad exit for Jose, who is is still in Luanda to take over a struggling Angolan national team from June 1. He has to build a team capable of using home advantage to win the 2010 African Nations Cup.
The 63-year-old Portuguese led Ahly to four of their six African Champions League titles. - AFP