A last gasp winner by Ahmed Fathi ensured Al Ahly cruised past Al Masry 2-1 in the Egyptian Cup final on Tuesday (15 August 2017) in Alexandria, their first triumph in a decade.
Fathi scored in the dying embers of extra time to complete a dramatic comeback as the Red Devils ended a ten-year drought in the annual knockout competition and take their overall tally to 36.
Ahly had to wait till the 116th minute for substitute Amr Gamal, expected to seal a move to South African champions, Bidvest Wits, in the coming days, to draw level heading home from Ali Maaloul’s free-kick.
With penalties beckoning, Gamal turned provider by squaring Fathi, who shot past Masry goalkeeper to seal victory and robbing the Port Said-based club of their second Egyptian Cup title since 1998.
The win is expected to serve a huge boost for Ahly who face Tunisian giants, Esperance, at the quarter-finals of the Total CAF Champions League 2017 in September.