September 2018 KingFut Pharaoh of the Month: Mahmoud Alaa
After scoring five goals in one month, Alaa topped the Egyptian Premier League Golden Boot race with six goals; he leads over the likes of Hossam Paulo and Keno. The towering center-back’s offensive attributes have proved their importance in set pieces and crosses, taking the White Knights to the summit of the Egyptian League table.
During the first game of the month against Enppi, the 27-year-old gave the lead to the Whites after scoring from the penalty spot in the 34th minute. Zamalek went on to win the match 4-1 and climbed to the top of the table for the first time in the season.
Ahmed Elmohamady: KingFut’s August 2018 Pharaoh of the Month.
Alaa’s second match of the month came against Tala’a El-Gaish in the 7th round of the Premier League, where he managed to complete a hat trick, the first in his career. The Whites took the lead in the 32nd minute, as Alaa headed an in-swinging corner kick into the back of the net. The center back doubled his tally in the second half as he once again headed in a cross from the far post. Two goals however were not enough for Alaa, and the defender completed his hat trick after his right footed deflected shot nestled into the top corner after receiving a loose ball inside the box.
The White Knights ended their third match of the month with a 1-1 draw against Smouha. Despite the result, one of the Zamalek sweeper’s best performances of the month came in the draw. Alaa blocked two clear one-on-ones from Smouha’s striker, Mohamed Hamdy in the 25th and 31st minutes respectively.
The defender ended his magnificent month with a 2-1 win against Arab Contractors in the 8th round of the Premier League. Alaa calmly converted from the spot to break the deadlock in the 6th minute, marking his sixth league goal this season and placing him on top of the league’s scoring chart.
Alaa has proven his quality time and time again for Zamalek, but what is surprising is that he is yet to have his first national team call up. Egypt national team coach, Javier Aguirre, along with his assistant Hany Ramzy, are definitely eyeing the defender’s performances with the Whites. It is very surprising that he was not included in Egypt’s squad for their next African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Swaziland.
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