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Egyptian Premier League Roundup – Matchday Six
The Egyptian Premier League returned with some exciting games in Matchday Six, proving that the domestic football in Egypt is still arguably the best in the continent. Zamalek beat Menya in Mido’s debut as manager, Haras El-Hodood are beginning to gradually return to their best as they overcame Ittihad El-Shorta, Al Masry cruised past Tala’a El-Gaish, Wadi Degla and Qanah shared the spoils, while Al Ragaa overcame El-Gouna. In Thursday’s games, Arab Contractors beat Al Ahly in a memorable game at Osman Ahmed Osman.
El-Gouna 0-2 Al Ragaa
What a win this could prove to be for the Marsa Matrouh side. The newly-promoted Ragaa managed to beat El-Gouna in their own backyard – the shock of the round so far. Malian striker Mamadou Keita scored both goals of the game. The first came when a Mahmoud Farag ‘Kabonga’s cross caused havoc in the penalty area before Keita finished into the back of the net to make it 1-0. Keita then scored the second in stoppage time when he notched onto Tamer Moheb’s perfectly weighted pass and calmly finished to win the game for Ragaa.
Menya 0-1 Zamalek
In his first game in charge since being appointed as Zamalek’s new head coach, Mido managed to guide his side to obtaining all three points against group strugglers Menya, who are finding life extremely difficult in the top flight. The only goal of the game came through Ahmed Ali, who made the most of Menya goalkeeper Sameh Ali’s mistake to finish into an empty net, much to the ecstasy of Mido and the staff. Mido was clearly enjoying his time as he pulled off a few tricks of his own from the sidelines.
Haras El-Hodood 1-0 Ittihad El-Shorta
It seems that Abu Taleb El-Essawi and his men are finally finding their form after their slow start to the season. The only goal of the game came through Ahmed Sabri, who calmly stepped up and scored his penalty. Despite the fact that Ahmed Saad went in the correct direction, Sabri’s penalty proved to be too accurate for the keeper. The game also saw former Zamalek star Gamal Hamza make his debut for the two-time cup winners, however only time will tell whether he was a good buy.
Tala’a El-Gaish 0-2 Al Masry
Sabry El-Miniawy has finally got his first win for Al Masry against Emad Soliman’s Tala’a El-Gaish in Agroud. Gaish defender Mahmoud Hamdy put the ball through his own net towards the end of the first half when Mohamed Bassam’s save hit Hamdy in the chest before finding its way into the back of the net. Mahmoud Shaker Abdelfattah’s penalty put the icing on the cake for Al Masry to gift El-Meniawi his first win.
Wadi Degla 1-1 Qanah FC
Spoils were shared in an intriguing game between Wadi Degla and Qanah. Dodji opened the scoring for Qanah in the first half when he notched onto a through pass before rounding Degla keeper Amir Tawfik and finishing to make it 1-0. Ahmed Salama then equalised fifteen minutes into the second half to tie the game for Degla.
Dakhleya 0-0 Ittihad of Alexandria
Dakhleya and Ittihad played out a 0-0 draw on Thursday as Alaa Abdelaal’s men continue their good start to the 13/14 Egyptian Premier League season, while his opposite number Dennis Lavagne is starting to adapt to life in the Egyptian top flight. The hosts are still winless though, drawing four games and losing one in the opening five games. Lavagne has now achieved four points out of a possible six as Za’eem El Thaghr sit in sixth place in the table.
Smouha 2-1 Entag El-Harby
Entag are plummeting down the table. Even a man of Ismail Youssef’s calibre and experience is finding it hard to cope with such an inexperienced side. Smouha on the other hand have proved to all the doubters that they are a contender four top four. Bassem Morsy put Entag ahead with only nine minutes on the clock, before Ahmed Hamoudi made it 1-1 early in the second half. Hamada Yehia then popped up with a goal at the death to equal Al Ahly’s points tally.
Misr El Maqassa 0-0 ENPPI
It looks like the departure of Saleh Gomaa is starting to take it’s toll on the petroleum giants as they drew with Tarek Yehia’s Maqassa. The latter currently sit in fourth place in the table, while ENPPI are one point behind them on eight points as they are gradually slipping away from the top of the table.
Arab Contractors 2-1 Al Ahly
Who can stop the Contractors youngsters? Is it the early 1980s all over again? The Mountain Wolves remain undefeated as they managed to win 2-1 against Al Ahly as they remain in third position. The Cairo giants are still in first place, ahead of Smouha on goal difference.
Mohamed Farouk Salama, who could replace Salah at Basel, put Contractors ahead with four minutes on the clock, before Amr Gamal equalised to make it 1-1. Wael Gomaa then brought Mohamed Farouk down, and the referee awarded Ze’ab El Gabal a controversial penalty, the experienced Egyptian defender was also sent-off. Mohamed Adel stepped up and made no mistake from 12 yards to restore the lead for Contractors. Gedo also marked his return to Al Ahly with a late substitute appearance, but failed to produce a late equaliser as the Mountain Wolves claimed their third victory in five games.