VIDEO: Phakamani Mahlambi scores as Al Ahly beat Arab Contractors
Al Ahly entered the match in first place with 54 points from 21 games after their 3-0 win over Ittihad of Alexandria. Arab Contractors came in seventh place with 31 points from 21 games after the 1-1 draw with Al Assiouty Sport.
In Al Ahly fashion, the players demonstrated their dominance in the first minute with pressure on the Arab Contractors’ defense. South African midfielder Phakamani Mahlambi opened his goal-scoring account with the Red Devils in the eighth minute after a great cut-back from Ahmed Fathi.
Two minutes later, Arab Contractors attempted a counter-attack into Al Ahly’s half, but the defense did well to clear the danger before reaching Mohamed El-Shennawy. From there, the game opened up with both teams seeing periods of possession without any danger.
As the match was calming down, a corner from Ahmed Fathi was poorly cleared by the Arab Contractors’ defenders. After a few passes, the ball reached Walid Azaro who scored an emphatic shot for his 14th goal this season across all competitions.
Al Ahly started the second half in the same manner as they did with the first. They had their first chance in the 46th minute when Amr El-Sulaya hit the crossbar. A few minutes before full-time, Islam Mohareb attempted to get his name on the score sheet with a strong shot, but Mahmoud Aboul-Saoud managed to beat the midfielder.
In the dying minutes of the match, a series of passes between Abdallah El-Said and Junior Ajayi saw the former score from a one-on-one with Aboul-Saoud. El-Said’s goal was his 10th goal of the season.
The result extends the Red Devils’ lead to 12 points on top of the Egyptian Premier League table with 57 points from 22 games. Arab Contractors, on the other hand, remain in seventh place with 31 points from 22 games.
Al Ahly and Arab Contractors will face off once again on Monday in the 23rd week of the Egyptian Premier League.
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