VIDEO: Shikabala stunner leads Zamalek to victory over ENPPI
A Shikabala stunner helped Zamalek beat ENPPI 1-0 and took them top of the Egyptian Premier League on Saturday.
Zamalek faced ENPPI under solemn circumstances as Egypt and Zamalek football legend, Hamada Emam, passed away at the age of 73 hours before kick-off. Hamada Emam, who is the father of current Zamalek director of football Hazem Emam, is considered one of Zamalek’s best and most respected players in history.
ENPPI entered the match trying to break a two-match losing streak, while Zamalek have failed to beat ENPPI in their last 5 meetings. Zamalek’s last win against ENPPI was on February 8th 2010.
Zamalek XI: Ahmed El-Shennawy; Hamada Tolba, Ahmed Tawfik, Ahmed Dweidar, Ali Gabr; Tarek Hamed, Ibrahim Abdel-Khalek, Omar Gaber; Mahmoud Kahraba, Ayman Hefny; Bassem Morsi.
ENPPI XI: Ali Lotfy; Ibrahim Yehia, Osama Ibrahim, Ramy Sabry, Mohamed Nassef; Akram Tawfik, Mohamed Toba, Nour El-Sayed; Ahmed Sherwida, Mahmoud Kauod, Salah Ashour.
Zamalek’s recently-appointed coach, Ahmed Hossam ‘Mido’, made a few changes from their last victory by adopting Ahmed Tawfik as a right back, while Omar Gaber started in midfield. Shikabala started the match on the bench. It was ENPPI who controlled the first half, though but with very few chances on goal. The best chance of the half fell to ENPPI in the 29th minute when Salah Ashour’s header from Mohamed Nassef’s cross went just centimeters wide of El-Shennawy’s goal. The first half ended in a 0-0 stalemate.
After a disappointing first half from Zamalek, Mido made changes to the team by putting on Shikabala and Mostafa Fathi for Tawfik and Kahraba respectively. This proved to be fruitful as it was Shika who was the hero for Zamalek by scoring the winner. In the 75th minute, a long pass from Hamada Tolba received on the left from Shikabala was volleyed into the net from which seemed to be an impossible angle at the edge of the 18-yard box. In the last minutes of the match Bassem Morsi almost broke his goal drought when he was one-on-one with the keeper but hit the ball high and over the crossbar.
With this victory Zamalek goes on top of the league with 24 points from 11 matches. It is Mido’s second victory in as many matches since his return. ENPPI on the other hand continue their losing streak and are now four matches without a win, lying in 11th place. After the match Hany Ramzy submitted his resignation to the board.
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