El Nasr teach Clever Boys bitter Cairo lesson

Nasr Bidvest

Libyan side El Nasr recorded their first win after beating Bidvest Wits of South Africa 2-1 in their Group B clash on Sunday in Cairo.

Second half goals from Khaled Almaryami and Muhanad Alajeeli handed the Libyans a maiden victory and a huge boost to their campaign.

Unable to play at their favourite Benghazi Stadium due to the political instability in Libya, Nasr managed to overcome the Clever Boys at their adopted Cairo-based Petro Stadium for their first win at the group stage.

The result lifts Nasr from the bottom of Group B, with five points from four games, whilst Bidvest drops to the depth of the standings with two points from as many matches.

The good news for news for the Clever Boys is that they scored their first ever goal at the group stage thanks to substitute Moegammad Domingo. It took the Clever Boys 345 minutes and four matches to break their goal duck.

The South Africans started on an impressive note and Mxolisi Macuphu was denied by Nasr goalkeeper Fathi Abdullah after nine minutes.

On the other side, Muetaz Husayn missed the game’s first clear cut chance on 20 minutes, failing to beat Bidvest goalie Brandon Petersen on a one-on-one situation after Alajeeli had released him.

After a barren first half, the Libyans resumed stronger and they broke the deadlock four minutes after the interval through captain Almaryami with a header from a Sadam El Werfalli free-kick.

The second goal came on 61 minutes courtesy Alajeeli from a three-man move which had Husayn and Ahmed Alharam as the other actors. A cross by Alharam found Husayn, whose headed flick found Aljaleeli, and he headed home from close range.

Down by two goals, the contest became a mountain to climb for the Clever Boys. However, they succeeded in reducing the deficit through Domingo on 75 minutes but it turned out to be a consolation.

With two games to go, Bidvest must win the remaining games to be in contention whilst the victory has given Nasr a huge boost in their quest for a quarters berth.

Leaders Horoya are away to Mali's Djoliba in the other Group B match later on Sunday in Bamako.