Entente Sportive des Setif became the first Algerian side to clinch the Caf Super Cup on Saturday after scraping a tightly contested penalty shootout 6-5 against Al Ahly at the Mustapha Tchaker Stadium in Blida.
The traditional continental club championship curtain raiser was evenly poised after Ahly striker Emad Meteab had canceled Abdelmalek Zaiya’s 70th-minute opener in stoppage time.
ES Setif goalkeeper Abdel Wahab Khedairia then saved defender Basem Mahmoud’s effort from 12 yards to seal victory for the Caf Champions League winners.
Caf Confederation Cup holders, Ahly, hence tasted their first defeat in the one-off match between winners of both continental championships since the 1994 edition.
The only Algerian side to have participated in the Super Cup was JS Kabylie in 1996, when they lost 1-0 to Orlando Pirates of South Africa in Johannesburg.
Ahly pushed forward early for an opener on a rainy night in Bilda but struggled to find a breakthrough.
The hosts gradually began dominating possession and forward Hedi Belameiri was denied by the Egyptian side’s goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy nine minutes from the break. Belameir gathered a poor clearance by Saad Samir but couldn’t fashion out a goal in a one-on-one situation with Ekramy.
Record six-time winners Ahly replaced captain, Hossam Ghaly, with new signing Moamen Zakaria on the hour mark in a bid to inject life into their midfield.
Ziaya finally broke the deadlock on 70 minutes, finishing off a cross from the left to trigger huge crowd eruption in the stadium.
Ahly introduced former Bayelsa United striker Peter Ebimobowei and Meteab in a bid to rescue a draw, but it was the latter who forced penalties on the nick of full-time.
Setif goalie Khedairia failed to gather a tame shot, spilling it on to Mateeb who fired a low shot past him for the leveler.
And after Sidi Ali Lamri had converted Setif’s sixth penalty, Khedairia saved Basem’s decisive kick to help the home team break a 22-year wait for a Caf Super Cup triumph.