CAF Champions League Review: Coulibaly boosts Al Ahly hopes

Last season's finalist Al Ahly was in danger of an early exit, but a 1-0 defeat of Township Rollers boosted its qualification hopes.

Salif Coulibaly playing for Mazembe in 2015   -  Getty Images

Salif Coulibaly's late header put Al Ahly on track to qualify for the next round of the CAF Champions League by earning a 1-0 victory against Township Rollers, with holder Wydad Casablanca also winner on Saturday.

Last season's beaten finalist Al Ahly, the most successful team in the competition's history, took just four points from its first three Group A games.

Defeat away to Botswana side Township Rollers would have left Egyptian champion Al Ahly on the brink of an early exit, but Coulibaly came up trumps with a powerful 81st-minute winner from a corner.

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Group leader ES Tunis secured qualification with a 1-0 win at Kampala City of Uganda, who had goalkeeper Charles Lukwago dismissed late in the game for bizarrely electing to roughly lift an injured player on to a stretcher.

ES Tunis hit a 41st-minute winner when Haythem Jouini got in behind and side-footed a classy finish into the top-right corner.

Wydad eased past Horoya 2-0, thanks to first-half goals from Cheick Camara and Mohamed Ounajem, moving last season's champion three points clear at the top of Group C, with two games remaining.

In Saturday's sole Group B game, leader TP Mazembe dropped points for the first time in this season's competition as it was pegged back in a 1-1 draw at MC Alger, who occupy second spot.