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Zamalek beat Dakhleya in Mido, Shikabala return
Mido and Shikabala enjoyed a winning return to Zamalek as the Egyptian Champions beat Dakhleya 2-0.
Zamalek XI: El Shennawy; Hamada Tolba, Omar Gaber, Dweidar, Ali Gabr; Tarek Hamed, Abdel-Khalek, Mahmoud Kahraba, Shikabala, Aymen Hefny; Bassem Morsy.
El Dakhleya XI: Mahmoud El-Gharawabi; Gehad Geneidy, Ragab Bakar, Rashad Farouk, Assem Said; Emmanuel Karbogi, Cyrille Bayala, Amer Sabri, Farid Shawky; Amr Marei, Mohamed Maged Ounesh.
Zamalek faced undefeated side El Dakhleya looking to turn a page after Peseiro’s departure. The champions donned their new Macron kits as Mido and Shikabala returned. Shikabala captained the side, playing on the right wing alongside Hefny and Kahraba.
The opening goal took only 13 minutes to be realized. Aymen Hefny had little trouble finishing from long range in a crowded area. El Dakhleya had an opportunity to draw level but faltered and they went to the break leading.
There was less excitement in the second half till late in the game. Mohamed Salem, who had come on, pounced on a poor back pass to lob the ball past an advancing Gharabawi; in the 81st minute. Dakhleya saw two late opportunities fall to Amer Sabry and Hossam Hassan but ultimately failed to maintain their unbeaten record.
Despite the loss, Dakhleya remain joint top of the league on 23 points from 12 matches. Zamalek, who have played two games less, are fourth on the Egyptian Premier League log with 21 points.