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Preview: Ahly, Zamalek resume Egypt Cup ahead of African clashes

Ahly take on Haras El-Hodoud before Zamalek meet El-Shorta in round of 16 Egypt Cup matches

Eslam Omar , Tuesday 12 Jul 2016
Zamalek are title holders of Egypt Cup
In this archive photo, Zamalek team celebrate winning Egypt Cup from Ahly, 21 September 2015 (AP)
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Cairo giants Ahly and Zamalek are resuming their Egypt Cup bids Tuesday, with the Reds playing Haras El-Hodoud at 18:30 Cairo time (GMT+2), three hours before the Whites clash with Ittihad El-Shorta in round of 16 matches.

The Egyptian Premier League champions Ahly defeated Dairout 3-0 in the round of 32 in March while Zamalek overcame Shabab El-Daiaa 2-0.

Ahly and Zamalek squared off in the Cairo derby last Saturday, marking the last league game of the season for both teams. The game ended in a goalless draw.

Twenty-two time Egypt cup winners Zamalek are bidding to console their fans by winning their fourth successive Cup.

Ahly will miss three key players against the military-owned team - midfielders Hossam Ashour and Walid Soliman as well as defender Ahmed Hegazy - as the trio were shown their third yellow in the Saturday derby.

Ahly consider the Cup game 'the best preparation for the CAF Champions League upcoming game,' as they are set to face Wydad Casablanca of Morocco with the home and away games scheduled for 16 and 27 July.

The record holders of eight Champions League trophies Ahly have lost their first two group stage games against Zesco United of Zambia (3-2 away) and Ivory Coast's Asec Mimosa (2-1 at home).

Zamalek will clash with Africa's Sundown on Sunday at home after, ten days before they meet away. Zamalek won their group B opener against Nigeria's Enyimba 1-0. 

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