Stanley Ohawuchi fires Zamalek into CAF Champions League final
Nigeria forward Stanley Ohawuchi fired Egyptian champions Zamalek through to the CAF Champions League final at the expense of fired-up hosts Wydad Casablanca.
Moroccan giants Wydad were cruising 5-1 Saturday night and needed just another goal to overturn a 4-0 loss they suffered in Egypt last week and book their place in the ACL final, before Ohawuchi, on loan from Egyptian club Wadi Degla, popped up to score in the 81st minute.
He also assisted in his team's first goal, while compatriot Chisom Chikatara was replaced by Wydad in the second half.
The former Nigeria U20 star has been one of the most consistent goal scorers in the Egyptian league in the past three seasons and proved his class again on Saturday night in Morocco.
Five-time African champions Zamalek thus qualified for the final against South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns, who edged past Zesco United 3-2 on aggregate.
It will be a rematch between Zamalek and Sundowns after both clubs clashed in the group phase of the competition.
Sundowns won both at home and in Egypt.
‘The Brazilians’ will host the first leg final on October 15, with the return at Zamalek a week later.
The overall winners will represent Africa at this year’s FIFA Club World Cup in Japan from December 8.