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VIDEO: Zamalek beat El-Gaish in first match post McLeish’s sacking
Goals from Kahraba and Mayuka helped Zamalek emerge victorious over Tala’a El-Gaish in their first game after Alex McLeish’s departure.
The White Knights, who are temporary led by general coach Mohamed Helmy, claimed a 2-1 win over El-Gaish in gameweek 26 of the league.
Zamalek XI: Mahmoud Gennesh, Ali Gabr, Mohamed Koffi, Omar Gaber, Mohamed Adel Gomaa, Ahmed Tawfik, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Ibrahim, Shikabala, Kahraba, Emmanuel Mayuka.
El-Gaish XI: Mohamed Bassam, Assem Salah, Essam Sobhy, Mahmoud El-Badry, Ahmed Oka, Mahmoud Hamdy, Ahmed Shedid, Frank Ngonga, Mohamed Rizk, Mohamed Sherif, Oussou Konan.
The first chance of the game came within the first minute, as Kahraba took advantage of a defensive error, but his shot missed the target.
Twenty minutes into the game, Tarek Hamed tried his luck with a powerful shot that lacked accuracy as the ball went near the post.
The Whites then had to wait until the 27th minute for another crack on goal. Ali Gabr directed a powerful header towards the goal, but El-Gaish keeper Mohamed Bassam reacted fast to deny him. The rebound reached Kahraba, who could not keep control, with El-Gaish keeper saving again.
Three minutes to half time, Kahraba opened the scoring for Zamalek. Hamed sent the ball to Gomaa on the left side, who produced a pinpoint cross to the rushing Mayuka, but his shot was saved by Bassam. Kahraba made no mistake in the rebound this time, finishing with his left foot into the top corner.
Thanks to Kahraba’s goal, Zamalek headed down the tunnel for the half-time break with a one-goal advantage.
Mayuka thought he doubled his side’s lead when he scored in the 56th minute, but the referee ruled the goal out for offside.
The Zambian international attempts finally paid off as he scored at the one-hour mark. Mohamed Ibrahim sent Mayuka on goal, for the Zamalek striker to dribble past the goalkeeper and finish into an empty net, making the scoreline 2-0 for Zamalek with 30 minutes to go.
Ahmed Hassan Mekki came close to scoring twice after coming on to replace Mayuka in the 71st minute.
El-Gaish managed to pull a goal back in the 89th minute, with a left-footed strike by Assem Salah from a free-kick on the edge of the area.
Zamalek defended their one-goal lead in the remaining minutes of the game to secure the three points and take their tally to 48 points, keeping the pressure on Al Ahly who top the standings on 56 points and have one game in hand.
El-Gaish remained on 29 points in the 14th place.