Egypt served their notice of attempt to overturn their enormous deficit against Ghana to qualify for the 2014 World Cup as Al Ahly players put up a spirited display in the Champions League on Saturday.
Several Egypt players who are in the Ahly squad claimed a 1-1 draw against South Africa?s Orlando Pirates in the first leg of the CAF Champions League final on Saturday.
Their performance in South Africa shows that Egypt have not relented on their fiants hopes of thrashing Ghana 5-0 to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil.
The Pharaohs look to have recovered from their 6-1 thrashing by the Black Stars in the first leg of the final playoffs as they took their fight to the Pirates in Johannesburg.
The Red Devils were on the verge of winning the first leg in Johannesburg when veteran playmaker Mohamed Abou-Treika put the visitors upfront with a brilliant curling free-kick just before the quarter-hour mark.
However, Ahly?s slender lead was cancelled out by Thabo Matlaba who hit an equaliser deep into stoppage time to set up an enticing second-leg, which will be played in Cairo next Sunday.
Ahly?s performance should warn the Black Stars that the Egyptians are keen on overturning the result. Ahly are favourites to retain their Champions League crown and extend their record to eight triumphs in Africa?s elite club competition when they host the Pirates in Cairo 10 November.