Egyptian referee Mohamed El-Hanafy appointed for Cairo derby
The Red Devils, who have already been confirmed as league champions, will face Zamalek in the 34th round of the Egyptian Premier League at Cairo International Stadium.
The game will take place on Thursday, April 26, with Egyptian referees officiating it for the first time since the 2014 Egyptian Super Cup, which Mohamed Farouk took charge of.
This will not be the first time that El-Hanafy has officiated for Al Ahly or Zamalek this season. He has taken charge of five games for the Red Devils, with Al Ahly winning in three and drawing in two.
Al Ahly beat each of Entag El-Harby, Arab Contractors, and El-Dakhelya, while drawing with Wadi Degla and Smouha.
Zamalek have a woeful record with El-Hanafy, as the Whites played only two games with him this season, losing to Misr El-Makkasa, and drawing with Entag El-Harby.
The Whites’ last league victory over Al Ahly came in the 2006–2007 season, and since then they haven’t managed to beat their rivals despite playing 15 league games.
It’s worth mentioning that Al Ahly defeated the White Knights 3-0 in the first-leg, thanks to goals from Momen Zakaria, Abdallah El-Said, and Walid Azaro.
Al Ahly currently top the league table with 85 points, while Zamalek sit third with 58. A win for Al Ahly could see them break Zamalek’s record for most points in a season, which the Whites set in 2015.
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