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VIDEO: Abdel-Shafy bids farewell as Zamalek play out another scoreless draw
The Whites drew with a well organized Dakhleya side, in an infuriating game for Zamalek’s coach Hossam Hassan as his side failed to find the back of the net on numerous occasions.
Zamalek who were fresh off a goalless draw against El Shorta, hoped to get back on track and snatch the 3 points against league leaders Dakhleya. However, that wasn’t the case as Zamalek seemed desperate and clueless at times on the pitch, which wasn’t expected considering the quality of players that have joined the Whites since the end of last season’s disappointing campaign.
It’s well worth mentioning that Zamalek left back, and fan favourite Mohamed Abdel-Shafy featured against Dakhleya, in what was his final appearance before completing his loan move to Al-Ahli Jeddah. Mohamed Abdel-Shafy was also given the captain’s armband for his farewell game.
Hossam Hassan revealed after the game that he was against the departure of Abdel-Shafy, labelling him the team’s most important player. However, the Zamalek coach confirmed that Mortada Mansour was behind the departure of the left back.
The White Knights started the first half on the front foot, constantly finding space on the right flank through Hazem Emam and Mostafa Fathy.
Zamalek’s first real chance came in the 12th minute after Mostafa Fathy made his way into the box and unleashed a strike which was saved by Ahmed Fawzy. Mo’men Zakaria was expected to score on the rebound, however, his shot was brilliantly saved by the Dakhleya keeper.
Twelve minutes later, Khaled Kamar failed to score from a clear cut chance. The striker was left in a one-on-one position with Fawzy, but his weak effort on goal was saved by the shot-stopper.
The second half came off to a slow start, with Zamalek finding it hard to break through Dakhleya’s well organized midfield and defensive lines.
Ahmed Ali of Zamalek came close to scoring after meeting a well executed corner kick with his head, but his header failed to hit the target.
Hossam Hassan’s side pushed on and created a lot of chances, without really threatening Dakhleya, as the latter had a very good defensive grip on the proceedings.
In the 84th minute, a well struck Mostafa Fathy free-kick came off the post, in what was Zamalek’s most dangerous chance of the night, as the game finished with a 0-0 scoreline.