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VIDEO: Shikabala shines in Zamalek’s comfortable victory over Contractors



scored a goal and assisted another as Zamalek defeated Arab Contractors 3-0 in gameweek 11 of the Egyptian Premier League.

The White Knights’ first chance of the game came in the 13th minute when Moruf Youssef collected Shikabala’s through ball, but the Nigerian midfielder sent the ball wide of target.

Six minutes later, Shikabala provided the assist for Zamalek’s opener with a cross that was met with a header from Stanley Ohawuchi. Contractors keeper Hassan Shahin blocked Stanley’s header before the Nigerian striker tapped home the rebound.

Stanley wasted a chance to double his side’s lead and score his second league goal with Zamalek midway through the first half, when the ball rebounded off him after a poor kick by the Contractors’ keeper but his shot went over the bar.

Contractors had a chance to level the score ahead of the break but failed as Mohamed Farouk’s right-footed shot was diverted into a corner by Zamalek keeper Mahmoud Gennesh.

Four minutes into the second half, Stanley passed the ball to Shikabala inside the penalty box, but a weak shot from the 30-year-old playmaker was easily saved by the keeper.

Fifteen minutes from time, Zamalek made it 2-0 after Hosny Fathi’s cross found Ibrahim Salah who headed home from just inside the penalty box.

After producing a fine display throughout the game, Shikabala managed to get his name on the scoresheet only one minute after Salah’s goal. The skillful playmaker rounded off a counter-attack after a pass by substitute Bassem Morsi, who came on instead of Emmanuel Mayuka earlier in the second half.

Shikabala then made way for Ahmed Gaafar five minutes from time after he had helped his side put the game to bed.

Zamalek now sit sixth in the league standings on 17 points, and have four games in hand while Contractors are on 13 points in the 11th place. The White Castle are scheduled to play against Wadi Degla, who sit 9th on 15 points, on Nov. 29.

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