Egyptian club Al-Ahly shrugged off poor domestic form to defeat Tunisians CS Sfaxien 3-2 Thursday and win a record-extending sixth CAF Super Cup title.
The Cairo 'Red Devils' twice built two-goal leads before a 30,000 crowd at Cairo Stadium only to be pegged back by the resilient visitors.
When Fakhreddine Ben Youssef scored for Sfaxien 12 minutes from time just one goal separated the clubs and a tense finish ensued.
Amr Gamal netted twice for Ahly after former Hull City striker Mohamed 'Gedo' Nagy opened the scoring with the lone first-half goal.
Ahly also had one goal to spare when they met Sfaxien five years ago in the Super Cup, a one-off game between the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup winners.
Victory was a massive relief for embattled Ahly coach Mohamed Youssef after three national league defeats to modest opponents.
While Ahly celebrated another Super Cup triumph, Sfaxien became the unwanted holders of the record for most losses with three.
After settling slowly, Ahly posed a threat thanks to the runs and crosses of Ahmed Abdel Moneim down the right flank.
'Gedo' took advantage of a cross midway through the opening half, controlling the ball superbly before firing past goalkeeper Rami Jeridi.
Gamal doubled the lead with a close-range shot on 54 minutes only for Sfaxien to hit back when a foul by veteran Wael Gomaa allowed Maaloul to convert a spot-kick.
Cameroon-born substitute Moussa Yedan crossed for Gamal to head Ahly back into a two-goal lead only for Sfaxien to narrow the gap through a Ben Youssef scorcher.