A defensive slip inside the first five miuntes allowed Magdy Kafsha to run away and score a quick opener for the Cairo club, who have won the title a record eight times. Ali Maaloul doubled the score after the hour mark from the penalty spot.

Wydad, who were Champions League runners-up last season, were awarded a penalty of their own three minutes before halftime but Badie Aouk’s effort was well saved by Ahly goalkeeper Mohamed El Shennawy.

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Ahly host the second leg in Alexandria on Friday.

The first leg of the other semi-final is also being played in Casablanca on Sunday between newly crowned Moroccan champions Raja Casablanca and Zamalek of Egypt. (Reporting by Mark Gleeson, editing by Pritha Sarkar )

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