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Zamalek survive Luanda battle to reach last 16 in CAF Champions League
Zamalek’s 0-0 draw with Kabuscorp on Friday sees them go through to the African Champions League round of 16 on aggregate.
Zamalek XI: Abdel-Wahed El-Sayed – Yasser Ibrahim – Mahmoud Fathallah – Ahmed Samir – Mohamed Abdel-Shafy – Nour El-Sayed – Ahmed Tawfik – Momen Zakaria – Hazem Emam – Mohamed Ibrahim -Ahmed Ali.
Kabuscorp XI: Ley Matampi – Issama Mpeko – Hernani – Zuela – Kialunda – Lunguinha – Lami – Zuela – Mpele Mpele – Albert Meyong – Trésor Mputu.
In the first few minutes the match in Luanda was a bit tight as the two teams kept playing in the centre and there were no threatening attacks from either team.
Starting from the 17th minute, Kabuscorp started attacking and had a very dangerous attack through Trésor Mputu that was blocked by centre-back Yasser Ibrahim. After 10 minutes once again Mputu wasted the chance to open the scoring after a great save from Abdel-Wahed El-Sayed.
Zamalek pressed and kept playing on the counter attacks until Hazem Emam broke this siege in the 31st minute with a threatening counter attack that ended up as a corner kick. After exactly four minutes the first booking of the match was given to a Kabuscorp player after stopping Ahmed Ali by griping his shirt.
In the second half, Zamalek tried to control the match with short passes in the middle until the first substitution was made after 56 minutes with Omar Gaber replacing Mohamed Ibrahim. Zamalek began to return to their base with the aim of completing the match with a clean sheet to take full advantage of their goal in Cairo.
The Angolans kept attacking without any real threats to Abdel-Wahed El-Sayed’s goal. When Ahmed Gaafar came on the pitch instead of Ahmed Ali, it seemed to be a turning point for Zamalek as they started attacking again and the substitute Gaafar fired a dangerous shot but it went over the crossbar.
Kabuscorp had a massive chance in the 86th minute but Abdel-Wahed managed to acrobatically save a strong header from inside the box. Kabuscorp continued to waste chances but couldn’t find a way past Zamalek’s hero Abdel-Wahed El-Sayed, who was named the Man of the Match.
With a 1-0 win on aggregate, Zamalek go through to the round of 16 of the African Champions League where they will face the winner of Uganda’s KCC FC vs Zambia’s Nkana.