Al Ahly's Mostafa Shobier Maintains Clean Sheet Streak in CAF Champions League

Goalkeeper Mostafa Shobier's remarkable clean sheet streak in the CAF Champions League has been crucial to Al Ahly's success, with 27 saves in 6 consecutive matches. The team now looks to advance to the final in the decisive second leg.

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Al Ahly's Mostafa Shobier Maintains Clean Sheet Streak in CAF Champions League

Al Ahly's Mostafa Shobier Maintains Clean Sheet Streak in CAF Champions League

Mostafa Shobier, the goalkeeper for Egyptian club Al Ahly, has maintained a remarkable clean sheet streak in the CAF Champions League, keeping opponents scoreless for six consecutive matches. Across those six games, Shobier has made a total of 27 saves, including vital stops against Simba SC in the quarter-finals and TP Mazembe in the semi-finals.

In the first leg of the semi-final against TP Mazembe, played in Lubumbashi, DR Congo, Shobier delivered a superb performance, denying all of TP Mazembe's efforts to secure a lead. The match ended in a goalless draw, setting up a decisive second leg in Cairo on Friday, where Al Ahly will look to advance to the final and face the winner of the other semi-final between Esperance of Tunisia and Mamelodi Sundowns FC of South Africa.

Al Ahly manager Marcel Koller made five changes to the team following their defeat against rivals Zamalek in the league, and Bafana Bafana forward Percy Tau returned from injury but started from the bench. The match was a tight affair, with both teams creating chances, but Shobier's outstanding performance in goal ensured that Al Ahly kept a clean sheet.

Why this matters: Shobier's exceptional form has been a key factor in Al Ahly's success in the CAF Champions League this season. His six consecutive clean sheets and 27 saves have provided a solid foundation for the team as they pursue their 11th title in the competition.

Head coach Marcel Koller praised Shobier's performance in the first leg of the semi-finals against TP Mazembe, stating, "The goalkeeper's primary job is to prevent conceding goals and that Shobier's level of performance was fantastic." Koller also mentioned that the team will review the match footage and rest before starting preparations for the second leg of the semi-finals, which is scheduled for next Friday at Cairo Stadium.

Key Takeaways

  • Mostafa Shobier, Al Ahly's goalkeeper, has 6 consecutive clean sheets in CAF Champions League.
  • Shobier made 27 saves, including vital stops against Simba SC and TP Mazembe.
  • Al Ahly drew 0-0 with TP Mazembe in the first leg of the semi-finals.
  • Al Ahly manager praised Shobier's performance, calling it "fantastic" in preventing goals.
  • Al Ahly will face the winner of Esperance vs. Mamelodi Sundowns in the final.