Egyptians Ahly chase consolation CAF cup

Egyptian giants Al-Ahly shrugged off recent setbacks to outplay Angolan visitors Santos 3-0 on Saturday in an African Confederation Cup qualifier.

Egyptian giants Al-Ahly shrugged off recent setbacks to outplay Angolan visitors Santos 3-0 on Saturday in an African Confederation Cup qualifier.

Ahly suffered a shock loss to international rookies Kano Pillars of Nigeria in an African Champions League eliminator.

The Cairo 'Red Devils' are also finding the road to a fifth consecutive national title far bumpier with Ismailia level on points entering the May 20 final round.

But if the star-studded Ahly squad are hurting they did not show it against inexperienced Santos, a Luanda club that won the national cup last year to earn a first African appearance.

Veteran midfielder Mohamed Aboutraika brought delirium to the 40000-seat Military Academy Stadium in Cairo curling a trademark free kick into the Santos net for Ahly's first. Osama Hosny, recalled as coach Manuel Jose rested Angolan striker Flavio Amado, took advantage of superb Aboutraika passes to score a couple of early second half goals and leave Santos with little hope for the return match.

The second leg is scheduled for Luanda over the weekend of May 29-31 and will be the last time Jose takes charge of a club he guided to four African Champions League titles in eight years.

Experienced African campaigners Primeiro Agosto of Angola upset defending champions CS Sfaxien of Tunisia 2-0 in Luanda .

Cotonsport Garoua of Cameroon, Entente Setif of Algeria and Kampala City Council of Uganda used home advantage to establish a 3-1 lead over Vita Club of DR Congo, Djoliba of Mali and Bayelsa United of Nigeria respectively.

The eight-match schedule will be completed on Sunday in Abidjan where ASEC Mimosas of Ivory Coast host Egyptian petroleum company club ENPPI. - AFP

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