Sunday Aug 23, 2020. 16:00
Al Ahly coach Rene Weiler has expressed his disappointment at their 3-1 loss at the hands of Cairo derby rivals Zamalek in the Egyptian Premier League on Saturday.
The White Knights claimed the emphatic victory thanks to goals from Ahmed ‘Zizo’ Sayed, Mostafa Mohamed and Osama Faisal, while Yasser Ibrahim netted the Red Devils’ consolation.
The result sees Zamalek climb to second on the log standings, though Ahly still have a commanding lead – 14 points – with 13 rounds of the season remaining.
“I’m disappointed and unhappy, especially after we wasted some goal-scoring chances. But this is football; we have to move on and prepare for the coming matches,” Swiss coach Weiler told the post-match news conference, as quoted by Ahram Online.
“But I’m not worried [over Ahly’s prospects] in the African Champions League,” he added.
Zamalek took a 13th-minute lead as winger Zizo firing into an empty net after brilliant individual work from Moroccan winger Achraf Bencharki.
Ahly’s central defender Ibrahim brought the Red Devils level two minutes past the hour mark, finding the net following a goal-mouth scramble.
However, Mohamed restored Zamalek’s advantage in superb fashion, chesting down a cross from Hazem Emam before turning and firing an unstoppable volley into the bottom corner.
Ahly applied late pressure in the search for a second equaliser, but they were caught with a sucker punch on the break, as youngster Faisal slotted home into an empty net to seal only a third derby league win in the past 15 years for Zamalek.
Ahly and Zamalek could well meet in the CAF Champions League final later this year, with the teams facing semifinals against Moroccan opponents Wydad Casablanca and Raja Casablanca respectively.