Kahraba strikes again as Zamalek edge Enppi
Zamalek beat ENPPI 1-0 to move within 5 points of Al Ahly thanks to Mahmoud Kahraba’s second half strike in what was a dull game.
The game was a major doubt to be played after Zamalek’s president Mortada Mansour had announced Zamalek would forfeit the league due to poor refereeing performances that favoured rivals Al Ahly. However, the morning of the match Mansour had decided against his earlier decision and the game would go ahead.
The game started with both teams eager to make an impact early on. Although there was enthusiasm from both teams, there was a lack of quality in creating chances.
We did see a rare first half chance though. The impressive Mostafa Fathy (yet again) executed a dangerous through ball but former Zamalek player Abdel Monsef was out quickly to deny the only chance of the half.
The second half was not much different than the first. It was clear both teams had stern team talks and it was Zamalek who came out with real intent. Substitute Ayman Hefny, arguably the man of the match, was able to create something individually but could not quite finish it off.
Youngster Mostafa Fathi was next to test ENPPI’s resolve when he cut in and went past two players but he could not find the back of the net with his weak effort.
Zamalek did get the breakthrough though with a delightful goal. Adel Gomaa’s cross found Kahraba who controlled beautifully before placing his shot in the bottom corner to give Zamalek a well deserved lead.
ENPPI had no real answer for Zamalek and other than Nour El Sayed’s poor shot, there were no real opportunities that threatened the Cairo giants. Zamalek did have one last chance to end the game, albeit it was a fortunate one. Hazem Emam’s cross nearly caught out Abdel Monsef at the far post to end the game in Zamalek’s favour.
The win takes Zamalek within 5 points of bitter rivals Al Ahly in the race for the Egyptian Premier League, although the Reds have a game in hand. ENPPI stay on 34 points and are still 13th in the table.
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