Angolan international striker Flavio Amado was the hero Friday when Al-Ahly of Egypt lifted the African Super Cup a record fourth time. Amado headed both goals as Ahly defeated CS Sfaxien of Tunisia 2-1 in the annual one-off match between the holders of the CAF African Champions League and the African Confederation Cup.
It was the fourth time Ahly have lifted the trophy, moving them ahead of fierce Cairo rivals Zamalek, while Sfaxien became the first club to lose consecutive Super Cup matches. The Egyptian club won a record sixth African Champions League last November with a 4-2 aggregate triumph over Cotonsport Garoua of Cameroon and also lifted the now defunct African Cup Winners Cup an unsurpassed four times.
Ahly succeeded despite the absence of injury-plagued midfielder Mohamed Aboutrika, a contender for the 2008 African Footballer of the Year award to be announced Tuesday in Lagos. Since Emad Moteab was loaned to Saudi Arabian club Ittihad Jeddah, 30-year-old Flavio has often been deployed as a lone striker by Portuguese coach Manuel Jose, but the goals continue to flow.
He gave Ahly the lead on 47 minutes, Ivorian Blaise Kouassi levelled just past the hour mark and Amado struck again 20 minutes from full-time off another cross by compatriot Felisberto 'Gilberto' Amaral to secure victory.