The Students will need to beat Al Ahly by two clear goals when the two sides meet in the return leg next week Sunday
Bidvest Wits suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to Egyptian giants Al Ahly in their Caf Champions League first round first leg at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo on Saturday night.
Ahmed Hegazy’s second half strike separated the two sides in Cairo, but it could have been worse for the Braamfontein-based outfit.
The Clever Boys would be disappointed with their overall performance, especially after failing to create clear-cut goalscoring chances throughout the entire 90 minutes.
However, all is not lost for the Clever Boys ahead of the return leg in South Africa next weekend.
Coach Gavin Hunt will need to work more on his team’s attacking game to have any hopes of advancing to the second round of this year’s competition.
Al Ahly started the game like a house on fire, and had the ball in the back of the 20 minutes into the encounter.
But the goal did not stand as the assistant referee had his flag up seconds before Moamen fired the ball past Wits goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs.
Phakamani Mahlambi selfishly took a shot from range which went wide of the target with Gabadinho Mhango in a better goalscoring position 17 minutes later.
Wits survived an early scare in the second half when Amr Gamal struck the woodwork with Josephs well beaten two minutes after the restart.
Al Ahly finally broke the deadlock in the 58th minute as Ahmed Hezagy headed home from a corner, much to the delight of the Red Devils fans out in the stands.
The goal somehow frustrated the visitors, and their defensive organization suffered as a result.
They needed a Josephs’ double save to keep the scoreline at 1-0 in the 67th minute as Al Ahly looked to double their lead.
The home side continued to push forward in the remaining minutes of the game, but Wits stood firm and defended in their numbers.