Zamalek return to domestic scene with draw against Smouha
The defending champions were hoping to get over their continental competition defeat with a victory on their return to the domestic front, but they failed to break the deadlock and settled for a draw.
Stanley Ohawuchi continued with his fine form and could have won a penalty for a handball in the early stages of the game, but the referee waved play on.
With less than 10 minutes to half-time, Mostafa Fathi could have put the White Knights in the lead but his lob went slightly off target.
After the half-time recess, Zamalek continued threatening as Bassem Morsi missed a sitter. The forward was again in the spotlight as he was booked for simulation.
Last season’s league top-scorer Hossam Paulo was replaced by Smouha’s Hany El-Egeizy while Ahmed Gaafar came on to replace Zamalek’s Bassem Morsi.
Despite piling on the pressure in the final moments of the match, efforts done by the 2016 CAF Champions League runners-up were in vain as both sides settled for a point each.
Smouha move to second place on 13 points, three away of leaders Al Ahly, while Zamalek occupy 12th position on four points with four games in hand.
Zamalek are scheduled to face ENPPI while Smouha will face Ismaily on Oct. 31.
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