Unfancied Dakhleya top table, Shikabala scores first Egyptian league goal since 2012

Ahram Online , Saturday 7 Nov 2015

Dakhleya
File photo of Dakhleya (Photo: Ahram)

Unfancied Dakhleya, who finished 13th in the Egyptian Premier League last season, topped the table four matches into the new term after collecting maximum points, having beaten Ittihad of Alexandria 2-0 on Saturday.

Cyrille Bayala, a 19-year-old Burkinabe midfielder, opened the scoring on 61 minutes when he capitalized on a defensive blunder to cut inside his challenger and bury the ball home.

Abdel-Aziz Moussa converted a stoppage-time penalty to ensure the win which gave Dakhleya a maximum 12 from four games. They are also yet to concede any goal.

Defending champions Zamalek are second on 10 points, one ahead of Cairo rivals Ahly.

A goal for winger Shikabala, his first in the Egyptian league since 2012, was the highlight as Ismaily routed Haras El-Hodoud 4-0 later in the day to move fifth with seven points.

The 29-year-old, who joined Ismaily on a season-long loan from Zamalek after ending a disastrous spell at Portugal's Sporting Lisbon, completed the rout with four minutes remaining when he ran onto a through ball to place a shot into the far bottom corner.

Shikabala is gradually regaining the form that saw him torment opposing defences with Zamalek, with Ismaily coach Mido vowing to help him restore his glory days.

His strike against Hodoud was his first in the league since he found the net in a 2-1 win over Dakhleya in January 2012.

Former Tottenham Hotspur, Ajax and AS Roma striker Mido handed in his resignation following Ismaily's 2-0 defeat by Dakhleya in their previous game, citing what he called an unjustified attack by the board and fans on him. However, he had a quick change of heart and eventually decided to carry on.

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