Egyptian giants Al Ahly scored a last gasp equaliser and then went onto win the CAF African Super Cup in a post-match shootout as they edged Morroco’s Raja Casablanca 6-5 on penalties, on Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021 in Doha, Qatar.
The match was decided by the penalties after a 1-1 stalemate in Doha for Al Ahly to win a record-extending eighth African Super Cup.
Substitute Taher Mohamed Taher equalised with 30 seconds remaining to force a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes to allow Ahly to then go on and take the trophy in the penalty shootout.
Both teams converted their first 11 kicks with Ahly 6-5 ahead when Abdelilah Madkour’s blasted Raja’s sixth effort over the crossbar.
Ironically it had been the Raja right back who set an early breakaway goal as the Moroccan side took a 13th minute lead.
Raja then hung on as an increasingly desperate Al Ahly laid siege to their defence in the annual meeting of the winners of the previous season’s African Champions League and African Confederation Cup.
Ahly eventually broke through when South Africa’s international Percy Tau set up Taher to score in the 89th minute as he hammered home from close range.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino and CAF President Patrice Motsepe were on hand in the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Doha to present captain Mohamed El Shenawy with the trophy.
It represented a triumphant return to Qatar for El Shenawy, who had participated in this month’s inaugural FIFA Arab Cup in the country along with several players from both sides in the Super Cup.
It was the second time that World Cup hosts Qatar staged the Super Cup game.
Al Ahly now have the chance to add yet more silverware to their bulging trophy cabinet when they play in February’s FIFA Club World Cup in United Arab Emirates (UAE).