Esperance’s striker Michael Eneramo scored a controversial goal with his hand just under one minute to deny the Egyptian giants an opportunity to win the title for the seventh time.
The Red Devils claimed on their website that the referee was ‘clearly biased.’
Television replays show the Nigerian international clearly using his arm to steer the ball into the net after a headed cross.
Al Ahly coach Hossam al-Badri said the referee could be blamed for causing them to miss the US$1.5m first prize and a place in the end-of-year Fifa Club World Cup.
"The match was over before the kickoff,” Al-Badri as quoted as saying by BBC. "I feel sorry because we play football in Africa where referees do whatever they want.”
The victory is sweet revenge for Esperance who lost out to Ahly at the same stage of the competition nine years ago. Then, the ball seemed to strike the hand of an Ahly player to give them victory over the Tunisians.
Esperance will now play defending champions TP Mazembe of the DR Congo in the two-legged final.
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