Five of the best

The CAF Champions League will be decided for the 44th time on Sunday, when Cameroon's Coton Sport host Egyptian giants Al Ahly. If past tradition is anything to go by, it is certain to be another drama-filled affair. looks back at five of the more memorable finals to Africa's top club competition.

1973: V Club (Zaire) beat Asante Kotoko (Ghana) 5-4 on aggregate
V Club went into the decider boasting several of Zaire's representatives at the 1974 FIFA World Cup Germany™, while Asante Kotoko's formidable side included Jabir Malik and Yam Sam. Both of these players were on target as the Ghanaians won the first leg 4-2 in Kumasi, leaving a second continental title within their grasp. V Club, playing in their first final, were nevertheless adamant they could stage a comeback and, thanks to a Adelard Mayanag double and another goal from Kembo uba Kembo, they fulfilled their lofty target.

1976: Mouloudia Alger (Algeria) beat Hafia (Guinea) 4-1 on penalties after a 3-3 aggregate draw
Guinean football was in its pomp in 1976, with the national team finishing as runners-up at the CAF Africa Cup of Nations and Hafia in the midst of four successive appearances in the final of African club football's top competition. Hafia were the defending champions, having edged out Nigeria's Enugu Rangers to lift the trophy the previous year, and they had turned the September 28 Stadium in Conakry into a fortress. They predictably beat Mouloudia Alger 3-0 in the first leg but, despite this result, over 80,000 supporters were in attendance for the return in Algeria, hoping for an improbable comeback. Zoubir Bachi's 24th-minute opener gave them some hope, but with 15 minutes remaining, Hafia still held a two-goal cushion. Mouloudia Alger needed a knight in shining armour, and they found one in Omar Betrouni, whose long-range strikes in the 76th and 90th minutes sent the contest on to a penalty shootout, which the hosts won comfortably.

1995: Orlando Pirates (South Africa) beat ASEC Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire) 3-2 on aggregate
South African clubs had been competing for just three years when Orlando Pirates fought their way through the knockout rounds and into the final. Their opponents, ASEC Abidjan, had a long-standing pedigree in continental competition, but had yet to win an African title. A 2-2 draw in the first leg in Johannesburg lifted their hopes, and prompted Pirates to fire their Scottish coach Joe Frickleton. The return leg was set up for an ASEC party, but although they attacked relentlessly throughout, the visitors scored the only goal when Mark Fish's clearance found Jerry Sikhosana, who ran almost half the length of the pitch before firing home Pirates' winner.

2000: Hearts of Oak (Ghana) beat Esperance (Tunisia) 5-2 on aggregate
Tunisian heavyweights Esperance were heavily fancied to win the 2000 final against a talented yet unheralded Hearts of Oak side. But those predictions were turned on their head when Emmanuel Osei Kuffour's late winner snatched the Ghanaians a shock 2-1 win in Tunis. Esperance were not prepared to lie down and accept their fate, however, and Hassen Gabsi's opener in the second leg tied the aggregate scores. The visitors pursued a second goal in Accra, but the Hearts defence proved impregnable thereafter and, after an 18-minute stoppage, the Phobians scored three times in the closing stages to seal an unexpected triumph.

2006: Al Ahly (Egypt) beat CS Sfaxien (Tunisia) 2-1 on aggregate
It was a final with a Hollywood-scripted ending, Al Ahly snatching a record-equaling fifth crown with virtually the last kick of the match. Sfaxien were the heavy underdogs against the defending champions, but pulled off a major surprise by forcing a draw in the first leg of the final in Cairo, where Joetex Frimpong's close-range equaliser cancelled out Mohamed Aboutrika's goal for Ahly. When the clock ticked past 90 minutes in the return leg, Sfaxien were all set to celebrate winning the Champions League on the away goals rule but in stoppage time, Aboutrika struck home a dramatic volley to silence the home crowd and cement his position in the pantheon of Al Ahly legends.