Ehab Galal: Zamalek’s missed penalty turning point in derby
Zamalek newly appointed coach Ehab Galal has explained that Bassem Morsy’s saved penalty in the Cairo derby marked a watershed in the clash that ended in Al Ahly’s favour.
Zamalek were defeated in the 115th Cairo derby against Al Ahly with three goals to nil. The Red Devils’ goals came from Momen Zakaria, Abdallah El-Said and Walid Azarou.
The Egyptian Premier League title holders took an early lead through Momen Zakaria three minutes into the game. However, Bassem Morsy got a golden opportunity to make things level from the penalty spot but Al Ahly goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawy saved it to maintain his team’s lead, which was extended later on.
“The penalty miss was a turning point. Nevertheless, I thank the players on their effort in the game, Bassem Morsy and Ayman Hefny are two great players and gave their best,” Galal told ON Sport channel.
“We possess great players at Zamalek. We will observe them in the coming games hoping to reach the ideal lineup soon. We will see who from these players is able to implement our game and will work on regaining Zamalek’s real shape and playing with the style that suits its name.”
Ehab Galal was named Zamalek coach 48 hours before the derby. The former ENPPI coach had agreed a year-and-a-half deal with the White Castle.