2012 CAF Champions League Final

The 2012 CAF Champions League Final was the final of the 2012 CAF Champions League, the 48th edition of Africa's premier club football tournament organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and the 16th edition under the current CAF Champions League format.

2012 CAF Champions League Final
Tunisia - Netherlands (Stade de Radès).jpg
7 November Stadium hosted the podium where Al Ahly lifted the trophy
Event2012 CAF Champions League
on aggregate
First leg
Date4 November 2012
VenueBorg El Arab Stadium, Alexandria
Man of the MatchMoez Ben Cherifia (ES Tunis)
RefereeDjamel Haimoudi (Algeria)
Attendance25,000
Second Leg
Date17 November 2012
VenueStade 7 November, Radès
Man of the MatchAl-Sayed Hamdy (Al Ahly)
RefereeBouchaib El Ahrach (Morocco)
Attendance31,000
2011
2013

The final was played between Al-Ahly from Egypt and Espérance ST from Tunisia. Al-Ahly won 3–2 on aggregate (first leg: 1–1; second leg: 2–1) to win a record seventh title.[1][2] As the winner of the 2012 CAF Champions League, they qualified to enter the quarterfinals of the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup as the CAF representative, as well as participate in the 2013 CAF Super Cup against the winner of the 2012 CAF Confederation Cup.[3][4]

Qualified teamsEdit

In the following table, finals until 1996 were in the African Cup of Champions Club era, since 1997 were in the CAF Champions League era.

Team Region Previous finals appearances (bold indicates winners)
  Al Ahly UNAF (North Africa) 1982, 1983, 1987, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
  ES Tunis UNAF (North Africa) 1994, 1999, 2000, 2010, 2011

VenuesEdit

Borg El Arab Stadium StadiumEdit

 
Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria, Egypt hosted the first leg.

Borg El Arab Stadium, is a stadium commissioned in 2005 in the Mediterranean Sea resort of Borg El Arab; 25 km west of Alexandria, Egypt. It is the largest stadium in Egypt and the second largest in Africa (after FNB Stadium in Johannesburg) with a capacity of 86,000[5] and is an all-seater. It is also the 27th largest stadium in the world, and the 9th largest association football stadium in the world. It is located on the Cairo-Alexandria desert highway 10 km from Borg El Arab Airport and 15 km from Alexandria's city center. A running track runs around the pitch, and the ground has four large floodlights. Only one stand is covered by a roof.

The stadium is 145 feddans, is surrounded by a fence which is 3 km long, an internal road network its long is 6 km, a parking lot which could fit 5000 cars and 200 bus beside an airstrip, there are 136 electronic entrances. The main cabin is covered by an umbrella which covers 35% of the stadium total area, and it is considered the biggest umbrella in the Middle East. Its length is 200 m, its dimension is 60 m and its area is 12,000 m2, which is equal to 3 feddans.

The stadium is air-conditioned and that condition includes the clothes chambers, the salons and entrances, also the stadium includes 8 elevators for broadcasters, handicapped, services and important persons. There are 2 sub-stadiums for training and each ground can hold 2000 spectators, includes 2 locker rooms and a stadium for Athletics. The stadium also includes a hotel for 200 guests which is air-conditioned and has a swimming pool, gym and a department building which contains 80 people. The stadium includes a building which contains 300 presses. This building includes cabinets for broadcasters, entrances for emergency, ambulance cars, 39 and cafeterias, 337 bathrooms which classified to 33 bathrooms for women and 8 bathrooms for the handicapped.

7 November StadiumEdit

 
7 November Stadium in Radès, Tunisia hosted the second leg.

Stade 7 November is a multi-purpose stadium in Radès, Tunisia about 10 kilometers south-east of the city center of Tunis, in the center of the Olympic City. It is currently used mostly for football matches and it also has facilities for athletics. The stadium holds 60,000 and was built in 2001 for the 2001 Mediterranean Games and is considered to be one of the best stadiums in Africa. The stadium was built for the 2001 Mediterranean Games, the 60,000-seat covered area covers 13,000 m2 and consists of a central area, 3 adjoining grounds, 2 warm-up rooms, 2 paintings and an official stand of 7,000 seats. The press gallery is equipped with 300 desks.

Club Africain and ES Tunis play their major league matches here. Before the construction of this stadium, the Tunis derby used to be played in the 45,000 seat-capacity Stade El Menzah. It is also the stadium of Tunisia national football team since 2001.

This stadium has hosted matches of the 2004 African Cup of Nations which was won by the Tunisian team.

Road to finalEdit

  Al Ahly Round   ES Tunis
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Qualifying rounds Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Bye Preliminary round Bye
  Ethiopian Coffee 3–0 0–0 (A) 3–0 (H) First round   Brikama United 4–2 1–1 (A) 3–1 (H)
  Stade Malien 3–2 0–1 (A) 3–1 (H) Second round   Dynamos 7–1 6–0 (H) 1–1 (A)
Opponent Result Group stage Opponent Result
  TP Mazembe 2–1 (H) Matchday 1   Sunshine Stars 2–0 (A)
  Zamalek 1–0 (A) Matchday 2   ASO Chlef 3–2 (H)
  Berekum Chelsea 4–1 (H) Matchday 3   Étoile du Sahel 1–0 (H) cancelled
  Berekum Chelsea 1–1 (A) Matchday 4   Étoile du Sahel 2–0 (A) cancelled
  TP Mazembe 0–2 (A) Matchday 5   Sunshine Stars 1–0 (H)
  Zamalek 1–1 (H) Matchday 6   ASO Chlef 0–1 (A)
Group B Winner
Pos Team Pld Pts
1   Al-Ahly 6 11
2   TP Mazembe 6 10
3   Berekum Chelsea 6 9
4   Zamalek SC 6 2
Source: CAF
Final standings
Group A Winner
Pos Team Pld Pts
1   Espérance de Tunis 4 9
2   Sunshine Stars 4 6
3   ASO Chlef 4 3
4   Étoile du Sahel 0 0
Source: CAF
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Knock-out stage Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
  Sunshine Stars 4–3 3–3 (A) 1–0 (H) Semifinals   TP Mazembe 1–0 0–0 (A) 1–0 (H)
Notes

The match Étoile du Sahel v Espérance ST on Matchday 4 was abandoned due to crowd disturbance. The CAF decided to disqualify Étoile du Sahel as a result and all results obtained previously by Étoile du Sahel within Group A were cancelled.[6]

FormatEdit

The final is decided over two legs, with aggregate goals used to determine the winner. If the sides are level on aggregate after the second leg, the away goals rule applied, and if still level, the tie proceed directly to a penalty shootout (no extra time is played).[7]

First legEdit

Al Ahly  1–1  ES Tunis
Hamdy   88' Report Hichri   49'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Al Ahly
 
 
 
 
 
ES Tunis
GK 1   Sherif Ekramy
DF 24   Ahmed Fathy   26'
DF 6   Wael Gomaa
DF 4   Sherif Abdel-Fadil   46'
DF 23   Mohamed Nagieb
DF 14   Hossam Ghaly (c)   60'
MF 25   Hossam Ashour
MF 19   Abdallah Said
MF 11   Walid Soliman
MF 22   Mohamed Aboutrika
FW 15   Geddo   82'
Substitutes:
FW 18   Al-Sayed Hamdy   46'
MF 8   Mohamed Barakat   60'
FW 9   Emad Moteab   82'
DF 2   Saad Samir
GK 16   Mahmoud Abou El-Saoud
MF 30   Shehab El-Din Ahmed
DF 12   Ahmad Shedid Qinawi
Manager:
  Hossam El-Badry
GK 1   Moez Ben Cherifia
DF 26   Harrison Afful   55'   73'
DF 29   Walid Hichri
DF 17   Sameh Derbali   10'
DF 12   Khalil Chemmam (c)   45'
DF 20   Mohamed Ben Mansour
MF 19   Khaled Mouelhi
MF 4   Houcine Ragued   86'
MF 18   Wajdi Bouazzi
MF 13   Karim Aouadhi   9'
FW 15   Yannick N'Djeng   82'
Substitutes:
MF 21   Mejdi Traoui   73'
FW 7   Khaled Ayari   82'
MF 3   Chaker Zouagi   86'
FW 11   Youcef Belaïli
GK 22   Wassim Naouara
MF 30   Iheb Msakni
Manager:
  Nabil Maâloul

CAF's Man of the Match:
Moez Ben Cherifia (Espérance ST)

Assistant referees:
Mohamed Bechirène (Algeria)
Bouabdalah Omari (Algeria)
Fourth official:
Mokhtar Amalou (Algeria)

Second legEdit

ES Tunis  1 – 2  Al Ahly
N'Djeng   85' Report Geddo   43'
Soliman   63'
Attendance: 31,000
Referee: Bouchaïb El Ahrach (Morocco)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Espérance de Tunis
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Al Ahly
GK 1   Moez Ben Cherifia   90'
DF 29   Walid Hichri
DF 12   Khalil Chemmam (c)
DF 20   Mohamed Ben Mansour   90+3'
MF 19   Khaled Mouelhi
MF 4   Houcine Ragued   73'
MF 18   Wajdi Bouazzi   56'
MF 13   Karim Aouadhi   46'
MF 3   Chaker Zouagi
MF 28   Youssef Msakni
FW 15   Yannick N'Djeng
Substitutes:
MF 30   Iheb Msakni   46'
FW 11   Youcef Belaïli   56'
FW 7   Khaled Ayari   73'
DF 5   Aymen Ben Amor
GK 22   Wassim Naouara
MF 24   Oussama Boughanmi
DF 25   Seifallah Hosni
Manager:
  Nabil Maâloul
GK 1   Sherif Ekramy
DF 24   Ahmed Fathy
DF 6   Wael Gomaa
DF 12   Ahmad Shedid Qinawi
DF 23   Mohamed Nagieb
DF 14   Hossam Ghaly (c)   77'
MF 25   Hossam Ashour
MF 19   Abdallah Said
MF 11   Walid Soliman   71'
MF 18   Al-Sayed Hamdy   66'
FW 15   Geddo   88'
Substitutes:
FW 22   Mohamed Aboutrika   66'
DF 26   Dominique Da Silva   71'
MF 30   Ramy Rabia   88'
MF 8   Mohamed Barakat
FW 9   Emad Moteab
DF 2   Saad Samir
GK 16   Mahmoud Abou El-Saoud
Manager:
  Hossam El-Badry

CAF's Man of the Match:
Al-Sayed Hamdy (Al-Ahly)

Assistant referees:
Redouane Achik (Morocco)
Bouazza Rouani (Morocco)
Fourth official:
Redouane Jiyed (Morocco)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ahly and Esperance draw in Champions League final first leg". Confederation of African Football. 4 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Al Ahly win record seventh CAF Champions League title". Confederation of African Football. 17 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Ahly win seventh ACL crown". mtnfootball. 17 November 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-11-22. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
  4. ^ "Al Ahly dedicate triumph to tragic fans". FIFA.com. 28 November 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
  5. ^ "The boys are ready", Al-Ahram Weekly, Al Ahram Publishing House (965), 17 September 2009, archived from the original on 10 October 2010, retrieved 6 June 2010
  6. ^ "Disqualification of Etoile Sportive du Sahel from the 16th Edition of Orange CAF Champions League 2012" (PDF). Confédération Africaine de Football. 26 August 2012.
  7. ^ "Regulations of the CAF Champions League" (PDF). Confédération Africaine de Football. Retrieved 14 December 2011.

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