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Al Ahly win CAF Champions League

The victory for Al Ahly sees them win an unprecedented eighth continental title.

The victory for Al Ahly sees them win an unprecedented eighth continental title. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE

CAIRO - Egyptian giants Al Ahly beat Orlando Pirates 2-0 in Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday to claim the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League title.

The victory for Al Ahly sees them win an unprecedented eighth continental title.

Orlando Pirates' Thabo Matlaba escapes with the ball during CAF Champions League first leg final between Orlando Pirates and Al-Ahly in Soweto on 2 November, 2013. Picture: AFP

The match was one that Pirates players and fans alike would want to quickly forget, as it was characterised by missed opportunities from the 'Bucs'.

The defending champions prevailed via second-half with strikes from Egyptian legend Mohamed Aboutreika and Ahmed Abdel-Zaher at the Arab Contractors Stadium.

At the same time, Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefts captain Itumeleng Khune says the Buccaneers can be proud of themselves.

"We were hopeful they would do well and fly the South African flag but unfortunately things didn't go well and we are disappointed. We are proud of their achievements as they reached the finals, it wasn't an easy journey," says Khune.

Orlando Pirates coach Roger de Sa

GAME MARRED BY VIOLENCE

The match was marred by incidents of violence as riot police used tear gas to stop fans from storming the stadium.

Al Ahly supporters were also seen shining green lasers into the eyes of Buccaneer.

The end of the first half saw a scuffle between Lennox Bacela and several Al Ahly players.

Pirates were aiming to win a second star on their jerseys after winning the competition in 1995.

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