Al Ahli begin Champions League defence with win

JOHANNESBURG - Egypt's Al Ahli made a comfortable start to the defence of their African Champions League crown by beating Young Africans of Tanzania 3-0 in the first leg of their second-round tie in Cairo on Sunday. Mohamed Barakat scored twice and Angola international Flavio scored in between for Al Ahli, who are seeking to extend their record number of Champions League successes to seven. They were two goals up after 20 minutes and Barakat added the third early in the second half. Al Ahli's confident start contrasted with that of other top north African contenders in their second round, first leg match-ups on Sunday. Former winners JS Kabylie of Algeria and Club Africain of Tunisia both lost 2-1 at home to Libyan and Malian opposition respectively.