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Tuesday Roundup – Qanah, Zamalek victorious to kick off Egyptian Premier League Matchday 4
The Coptic Christmas saw many celebrations around the country, the Egyptian Premier League had to deliver. On this national holiday, it would’ve been a pity if the games were substandard, but they weren’t. Despite the fact that only four goals were scored in four games, the entertainment was high.
In a game which saw both side score a penalty, Beni Suef played out a draw with Hodood at the Maks Stadium.
Beni Suef were awarded a penalty when Amr Samaka was brought down in the area, and Mahmoud Mubarak stepped up and scored. Ahmed Salem Safy soon equalised when Hodood themselves were awarded a penalty, Safy slammed home his penalty, right down the middle, much to the relief of Haras coach Abu-Taleb El Essawy, and his assistant Abdel-hamid Bassiyouny.
Qanah 1-0 Menya
A long season awaits for the penniless Menya, the club who can hardly afford a stay at a hotel in Suez, were up against big spenders Qanah. The only goal of the game came through Osama El-Sayed, who put the ball through his own net. Musa Kabiru made a great run, and his cross was met by the Menya midfielder.
Ismaily 0-0 Ittihad El-Shorta
It comes as to no surprise that Ismaily and Ahmed El-Agooz’s first halt comes against Shorta. Khaled El-Kamash and his men drew with Ismaily at the Ismailia Stadium to prove that they are still an exceptional side. Ismaily’s strikeforce couldn’t do anything against the Abassia side, but the Dervishes still remain top.
Tala’a El Gaish 0-1 Zamalek
A game which saw a comedic goal and a comedic incident. Similar to the Southampton-Manchester United game, Zamalek changed shirts during half time. The ‘White Castle’ played one half with their pink away kit, and the other half with their traditional white shirt.
The goal came through left-back Mohamed Abdel-Shafy, who crossed the ball into the box, only to find it in the back of the net. Gaish goalkeeper Mohamed Bassam (who has been one of their star performers) was definitely at fault. Bassam aimed to punch the ball but completely missed it. Zamalek coach Helmy Toulan and his opposite number Emad Soliman were both frustrated about the refereeing throughout the match however.