Al Ahly defeats RS Berkane to win seventh CAF Super Cup

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Ahly's players celebrate with the trophy after winning the CAF Super Cup football match between Egypt Al-Ahly and Morocco's Berkane at the Jassim Bin Hamad stadium in the capital Doha on May 28, 2021. (Photo by - / AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)

Egyptian giants Al Ahly defeated RS Berkane of Morocco 2-0 at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha, Qatar, on Friday to win the 29th edition of the CAF Super Cup.

Goals from Mohamed Sherif and Salah Mohsen in the second half ensured Al Ahly won a record-extending seventh Super Cup.

Al Ahly’s players celebrate with the trophy after winning the CAF Super Cup football match between Egypt Al-Ahly and Morocco’s Berkane at the Jassim Bin Hamad stadium in the capital Doha on May 28, 2021. (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)

It was also a first such title for the Egyptian club since 2014 and extend their number of continental titles to 21.

The match, which was played in Doha for a third time, also marked the first time CAF had adopted a full bio-bubble in a match since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last year.

Victory also saw Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane win a fourth continental title overall (two Champions League titles and two Super Cups) leaving him just one short of the record of five won by Faouzi Benzarti of Tunisia.

In December, CAF postponed the Super Cup, a game traditionally played between the winners of the Champions League and the Confederation Cup, to the first half of this year due to challenges in securing a suitable venue.

Prior to the postponement, CAF announced that the match would be played in the Egyptian capital Cairo after a decision was arrived at not to have Qatar host the game.

However, RS Berkane protested the decision arguing that playing in Cairo would give their opponents an upper hand.

The Moroccans demanded that the match either be played in Qatar as earlier agreed or at a neutral venue.

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