After a 47-day absence because of the Africa Cup of Nations, the Egyptian Premier League returns to pitches with the final stage of the season.
Last Sunday was the first postponed match of the league where Zamalek and Gouna tied with 2 goals each.
Both sides wasted easy chances in the first half. Gouna had the upper hand early through the challenge, especially with former Egypt forward Nagy Gedo going close with a low shot that missed the target. But then, Zamalek took control helped by good passes from Tunisian Ferjani Sassi and tireless runs by winger Ahmed Sayed.
In the second half, Zamalek wasted more goal-scoring chances up until the final draw. Close to the end of the game, Mahmoud Al Gazzar of Gouna, and Youssef Obama of Zamalek received dismissal red cards after a fist fight that took place between the 2 players due to a minor disagreement.
This match leaves Zamalek in third place within the race at 69 points. They needed to win this match, but this draw severely limited their options.
However, in the leading place, we find their Cairo foes; Al Ahly with a credit of 74 points after 23 wins, 5 draws and 4 losses. Runner-up after Ahly is Pyramids, who have already finished all their matches.
There are two matches remaining in the league including a potential title-deciding derby between Ahly and Zamalek on the final day of the season.
Zamalek will be crowned champions – for the first time since 2015 – only if they beat Ismaily and Ahly, and Ahly loses to Arab Contractors (Al Moqawloon Al Arab). Nonetheless, if this doesn’t happen and Ahly wins Al Moqawloon on Wednesday, the red devils can wrap up the title with one game to spare.
We wonder if any miracles will happen! Anyhow, we enjoyed the spiced rivalry between Egypt’s clubs in one of the most closely-fought races in recent years.