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Egyptian giants sail into last 16


CAIRO. — Egyptian soccer giants Al Ahly and Zamalek advanced to the CAF Champions League last-16 Saturday under former English Premier League managers Martin Jol and Alex McLeish.

Also on Saturday, Young Africans of Tanzania advanced despite being held 1-1 at home by Rwandans APR, who trailed 2-1 from the first meeting. Zimbabwean striker Donald Ngoma levelled for Yanga after Fiston Nkinzingabo put the visitors ahead.

Jol-coached Ahly won 2-0 at home against Recreativo Libolo of Angola thanks to an early Ramadan Sobhi goal and a late John Antwi tie-clincher.

Record eight-time champions Ahly advanced 2-0 on aggregate after a goalless first leg last weekend and meet Young Africans of Tanzania during April for a group place. Dutchman Jol managed Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham in the Premier League, then took a two-year break from football before joining Ahly last month.

Scotland-born former Birmingham City and Aston Villa boss McLeish saw Zamalek triumph 2-0 in Cairo over fellow ex-champions Union Douala of Cameroon. Five-time champions Zamalek advanced 3-0 on aggregate having won 1-0 in Central Africa six days ago and play Club Africain of Tunisia or Mouloudia Bejaia of Algeria next. Talented but sometimes troublesome Mahmoud ‘Kahraba’ Abdel Moneim broke the second-leg deadlock during the opening half and Ahmed Tawfik added a late second goal. — AFP.

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