CAIRO - 1 March 2020: Al Ahly Swiss manager, Rene Weiler, believes that the fans' support from the stands influenced the team's performance during the game against Sundowns.
"It is always a joy to play in front of our fans who inspired the players and made the difference during the game." Weiler said after the game.
More than 40k Al Ahly fans attended the game at Cairo stadium and witnessed Al Ahly's 2_0 win over the South African giants at CAF Champions League quarter-finals first leg.
Weiler added "We played a good game and scored two goals against a tough opponent. The most important thing is the victory"
The opening goal came from a wonderful play between the left flank stars Maaloul and Junior Ajayi who passed the ball to the Tunisian to put him one on one situation with the goalkeeper who failed to stop Maaloul's shot.
The referee awarded the Red Devils a penalty minutes later as Sundowns defender tackled Al Ahly striker, Aliou Bedji.
Al Ahly first choice penalty-taker Maaloul converted the spot kick to make the score 2_0.
The two teams will meet again at the second leg on 7 March in Pretoria.