Cameroonian striker Edet Otobong stole the limelight with an impressive performance Friday, after joining Alexandria-based club Ittihad at the close of the season.
During Friday's 2-2 draw between Ittihad and defending champions Ahly, Otobong found the net after catching central defender Wael Gomaa off guard, sending a free header past the keeper.
Ahly have been badly affected by the lack of a reliable striker this season and they could very well regret not signing Otobong when he was available for purchase during the January transfer window.
“I underwent a trial at Ahly last January,” the 24-year-old said in a television interview following the game.
“I arrived in Cairo during a league break because Egypt were preparing for the African Cup of Nations. I stayed for several days but Ahly eventually did not choose me,” he added.
Ittihad are languishing in the league's bottom three but they can take heart from Otobong's display, as the striker joins the league's top scorer with eight goals.
Otobong’s pace and physical prowess caused all sorts of problems to Ahly’s defense on Friday, with Gomaa and defensive partner Mohamed Samir struggling to keep him at bay.
Nigerian striker Minusu Buba, who plays for Ittihad El-Shorta, was the last foreigner to finish as the league’s top scorer after notching 14 goals last season.