Miquissone scores twice as Ahly rout Maqassa to go top in Egyptian league

Ahram Online , Tuesday 22 Feb 2022

Luis Miquissone opened his account with a brace as Ahly, playing in their first Egyptian Premier League game in almost two months, moved top with a 4-0 rout of a helpless Maqassa side on Tuesday.

Luis Miquissone
Luis Miquissone celebrates one of his two goals against Maqassa (Ahram)

The Mozambican winger netted twice in the first quarter of an hour and further goals from winger Hussein El-Shahat and youngster Zeyad Tarek gave Ahly a comprehensive victory.

The Red Devils, buoyed by a third-place finish at the FIFA Club World Cup earlier this month, returned to league action with a bang as they seek to wrestle the title back after arch-rivals Zamalek were crowned champions last season.

They are now top of the table with 22 points, two ahead of second-placed Pyramids and three clear of Zamalek, who played a game more. Maqassa lie third from bottom with eight points.

Miquissone joined Ahly from Tanzania's Simba last summer but struggled to hold down a regular place, having only made seven appearances in all competitions.

But he staked his claim for a regular place with a fine display against Maqassa, who barely put up a fight.

The 26-year-old needed 13 minutes to open the scoring, creating space for himself on the edge of the area before drilling a low shot into the far bottom corner after a powerful shot from El-Shahat struck the woodwork.

He doubled the lead two minutes later in superb fashion, lobbing Maqassa's keeper from a tight angle.

Maqassa's only chance of the game fell to Nigerian forward Ahmed Abdulrasheed, whose long-range drive came back off the bar, but that was as good as it got for the visitors.

El-Shahat ended the match as a contest two minutes before the break when he was released by a deft defence-splitting pass from playmaker Magdi Afsha to fire home with aplomb.

Tarek, who excelled in the third-tier EFA Cup, came off the bench to complete the rout with three minutes remaining as Ahly enjoyed a walk in the park against Maqassa.

They also welcomed back regular keeper Mohamed El-Shennawi, who had been out of action since suffering a hamstring injury in Egypt's shootout win over Cote d'Ivoire in the African Nations Cup round of 16 last month.

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