16 Mar 2009

Al Ahli open African Champions League defence

3:17 pm on 16 March 2009

Egypt's Al Ahli has made a comfortable start to the defence of their African Champions League crown by beating Young Africans of Tanzania 3-0 in the first leg of their second-round tie in Cairo.

Mohamed Barakat scored twice and Angola international Flavio scored in between for Al Ahli, who are seeking to extend their record number of Champions League successes to seven.

Al Ahli's confident start contrasted with that of other top north African contenders in their second round.

Former winners JS Kabylie of Algeria and Club Africain of Tunisia both lost 2-1 at home to Libyan and Malian opposition respectively.