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CAF CL: Zamalek beat Raja 4-1 to set up a Cairo Derby Final against Al Ahly

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Egyptian power house, Zamalek have booked their place in the CAF Champions league final after they beat Raja Club Athletic 4-1 in their second leg semifinal match on Wednesday November 4 to set up a Cairo derby against Al Ahly. 

The Moroccan champions,  Raja went into the game with a one goal deficit and showed  hunger and character in the first half as Ben Malango put them into the lead at half time.

The wheels however fell off in the second half as Zamalek showed no mercy to their Moroccan counterparts as Ferjani Sassi equalized at the 61th minute for Zamalek.

A brace from Mustafa Mohammed at the 85th and 88 th minutes sealed Zamalek’s visa to the final.

However,  there was to be an icing on the cake as Achraf Bencha Bencharki scored the fourth goal for Zamalek at injury time.

Zamalek sealed through to the final with a 5-1 aggregate score just like their opponents in the final, Al Ahly who  eliminated Wydad Casablanca 5-1 on aggregate.

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The win for Zamalek  means they have set up an all Cairo affair in the final which will take place at the Egyptian Army Stadium in Borg El-Arab, Alexandria on November 27 at 7pm.

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Pagou wins tactical battle as PWD holds up Al Ahli

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Afeseh Apong,

Sports Writer Mysoccer24.com


Cameroon league one champions PWD Social football Club of Bamenda has played a zero all tie with Al Ahli Tripoli, in the return leg friendly, at the Tripoli International stadium on Saturday afternoon.

PWD defeated Al Ahli 2#1 in the first leg last Wednesday, and coming into Saturday’s game, coach David Pagou made a tactical shift, opting for a back four, instead of his usual back three formation.

Burinyuy Derrick was recalled into the starting XI after watching Wednesday’s game on the bench. Basile Yamkam was brought to his usual right back position, after operating at a wing forward during Wednesday’s game.

Coach Pagou choosed to sacrifice a Midfielder, Aboubakar Mohammed from his starting XI of last Wednesday, so as to accommodate four at the back. He equally preferred a more technical and pacey Enyegue François to start, while he prepared Mbah Louiz and Fegue Omgba to do the dirty job in the last quarter of the game.

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As home side Al Ahli executed a whopping seven substitutions in the game, coach David Pagou stayed calm, and only brought in Fegue Omgba and Mbah Louiz in the last quarter of the game to reinforce his Midfield, sacrificing a wing forward (Tchaoua Leger) and young Midfielder, Enyegue François.

Pagou’s game plan largely centered around staying solid at the back, two holding Midfielders, Ndeh Collins and Vincent Paul Ngondi to cut off the offensive from Al Ahli, while Nchindo John Bosco, Tchaoua Leger and Billy Samin, negotiated all the counter attacks.

PWD’s back four showed great Resilience and a good reading of the game. Nyaba Brian was at the top of his game, as he made a series of goal serving tackles. Burinyuy Derrick was unbeatable in one on one duels.

Leaving Tripoli with a win and a draw from two games, it will not be an overstatement to say that David Pagou has pulled another tactical masterpiece.

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Reacting to the game, coach Pagou said;

It was a CAF standard game, so we’re happy for the results. We thank Al Ahli and the Libyian football federation for this opportunity. We will go back to Yaoundé with good memories of Libya”.

The Abakwa Boys return to Cameroon on Sunday and will immediately go camping in Limbe, ahead of their CAF Champions league preliminary round fixture against Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa.

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Al Ahly T. 1-2 PWD: David Pagou Simply Did Pagou – Things Against Al Ahly

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Giovanni Wanneh,

Sports Writer Mysoccer24.com-Cameroon


PWD’s thinker- man David Pagou led his boys to a narrow 1-2 victory over Al Ahly Tripoli on Wednesday November 18.

The gaffer took stern decisions, only a decided coach can make, beginning from his team selections. David Pagou, newly appointed assistant manager of the Intermediate Lions, left out captain Burinyuy Derrick. He equally played Nchindo John Bosco (creative midfielder), as an out-an-out center forward.

The gaffer then went for an uncharacteristic 3-3-3-1 formation, which crippled every ounce of the beautiful game Al Ahly Tripoli would have been hoping to showcase.

After the win, the former Cosmos and Renaissance coach told mysoccer24.com – ‘ it was a good game by the boys’.

Pagou continued: ‘after going one down, we equalised. We then did some changes at half time and increased our tempo.

‘Collins scored again like he did against Union. We are happy. We would continue preparations,’ an elated Pagou said.

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Talking about the secret to victory, the gaffer then concluded on his main ingredient.

‘We defended as a block. That’s the only way we could succeed. I am happy my players Incorporated the playing style quite well’.

Coach David Pagou was away from the team for a while due to national duties, and only came back a day before his team took off to Libya.

Pagou will be looking to win the reversed fixture against Al Ahly Tripoli on Saturday, before travelling back to Cameroon the following week, to face Kaizer Chiefs.

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They Needed To Know We Are Champions Of Cameroon’ – Mbah Louis

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Giovanni Wanneh,

Sports Writer Mysoccer24.com-Cameroon


Very much underrated Cameroon champions, PWD of Bamenda defeated Al Ahly Tripoli by a 2-1 margin on Thursday, November 18.

Having been written off from the draws of the Champions league preliminaries, PWD’s win against Al Ahly Tripoli definitely struck some nerves back to life.

Deputy team captain and captain on the day against Al Ahly, Mbah had some words for the rest of the African continent.

‘It was a difficult game but we are always ready for any task. They needed to know we are champions of Cameroon,’ Mbah confidently said.

‘We believe we can go very far in the champions league competition. Al Ahly are a very good side but we’ve been working a lot. We used physicality over their technicality,’ the skipper ended.

PWD is making her return on the continental scene for the first time after 16 years. Mbah and co are drawn against a crisis struck Kaizer Chiefs in the first preliminary round.

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