Video: Ahli Al-Khalil beat Shejaia to win Palestine Cup
The Headoffice Manager of Al-Ahli football club lifts the trophy after the Palestine Cup final between Gaza's Chajaïya club and Hebron's Al-Ahli
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Ahli Al-Khalil from the West Bank capped two weeks of sporting frenzy when they won the Palestine Cup by beating Gaza opponents Shejaia 2-1 on Friday to earn a place in Asian club competition.
Ahli Al-Khalil, the top team in the West Bank, and Gaza Strip champions Shejaia met in the first clash between teams from the two territories since 2000.
Ahmad Maher scored the winner in the first minute of injury time to secure the Hebron side’s place in the next Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup. The first leg in Gaza earlier this month ended in a goalless draw.
While Ahli Al-Khalil’s small stadium was overflowing with fans, hundreds of thousands watched on television and bustling Gaza fell quiet as Shejaia supporters willed their team on from afar in cafes and restaurants.