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Broadcasting the pest as Zamalek overcome Rayon test
Zamalek defeated Rwandan giants Rayon Sports 3-0 at the Amahoro Stadium in Kigali on Sunday afternoon to book their place in the final 16 0f the CAF Confederation Cup, with the game not broadcasted on any Egyptian media outlet but radio.
The Whites opened the scoring via Ahmed Eid in the first half, Ali Gabr opened his account in a Zamalek shirt with a second before Ibrahim Salah scored the unlikely goal to ensure the Egypt Cup champions’ progression to the Round of 16.
Rayon Sports XI: Ndayishimiye, Ndayisenga, Manzi, Imanishimwe, Tubane, Usengimana, Bizimana (Ndatimana), Kwizera, Uwambazimana, Muganza (Hategekimana), Otema.
Zamalek XI: Ahmed El-Shennawy (Mahmoud Gennesh); Hazem Emam, Ahmed Dwidar, Ali Gabr, Hamada Tolba; Ibrahim Salah, Moruf Youssef, Omar Gaber (Ahmed Tawfik); Ahmed Eid, Ayman Hefny; Bassem Morsi (Khaled Kamar).
Al Ahly had defeated fellow Rwandan giants and Rayon’s rivals APR 4-0 on aggregate, claiming a 2-0 win at the same stadium which hosted Sunday’s game.
The Gukindiro were in need to overturn a 3-1 deficit following their defeat at the Gouna Stadium, and started the game off brightly but it was Zamalek who had the first chance of the game when Omar Gaber’s cross-come shot went just over the bar.
Ayman Hefny could’ve put the Whites in the lead three minutes later when he rounded the Rayon keeper but his shot was cleared by the defence.
Rayon had arguably their best chance of the game 28 minutes in when Peter Otema rounded Ahmed El-Shennawy before sending his finish way over the bar.
Zamalek soon had their opening goal through Ahmed Eid who finished past Ndayishimiye to make it 4-1 on aggregate.
The Whites then made it 2-0 minutes after the restart through Ali Gabr who headed into the Rayon net, and thus practically sealing the Whites’ progression.
It wasn’t long before Ibrahim Salah scored his third of the afternoon, thus heaping more misery on Kayiranga Jean Baptiste’s men.
Moruf Youssef was close to adding insult to injury minutes later but his shot slammed against the woodwork.
However, Zamalek were dealt a blow with just over 15 minutes remaining when El-Shennawy picked up an injury, only to be replaced by Mahmoud Abdel-Rehim ‘Gennesh’.
Aphrodis Hategekimana almost scored a consolation for the Gukindiro, but Gennesh proved his worth as he pulled off a late save to assure Zamalek’s ascendency.
The Whites are now set to face the winner between FUS Rabat and AS Togo-Port.