Wydad Casablanca winger Zouhair El Moutaraji scored both goals as he claimed African Champions League glory with a 2-0 victory over holders Al Ahly in the final at a noisy Stade Mohammed V on Monday .
Wydad celebrated a third continental crown after triumphs in 1992 and 2017 by denying Ahly a record third straight title after El Moutaraji scored his first with a thunderous long-range strike and grabbed a second from close range.
The goals delighted home fans, the controversial final at Wydad Stadium after the Confederation of African Football declared Morocco the sole candidate as Senegal withdrew their bid.
Ahly failed in his bid to postpone the match and moved to neutral territory after his appeal to the Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport was rejected last week.
Ahly’s defeat is more disappointing for Egyptian football in 2022 after the country were beaten by Senegal in the Africa Cup of Nations final in Cameroon and then lost to the same team in the playoffs for a place at this year’s World Cup in Qatar.
Wydad gave the visitors an early warning when striker Guy Mbenza hit the bar with a powerful shot from the edge of the box.
They then took the lead after 15 minutes as El Moutaraji collected the ball 30 yards from goal and fired a superb shot into the top corner that left Ahly goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy no chance.
The Egyptians were rushed over and spat the ball too easily, but looked dangerous from set pieces and should have equalized when defender Yasser Ibrahim pulled wide from a corner.
That might have turned the game in their favor, but Wydad doubled their advantage three minutes into the second half when El Moutaraji slipped past Ahly defender Mohamed Hany at the far post.
His initial shot was saved but he got the rebound.
Ahly tried to get back into the game and forced a number of saves from Wydad Reda Tagnaouti goalkeeper but their night ended in disappointment despite dominating possession and looking the more enterprising of the two teams.