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Preview: Zamalek's Moroccan striker Ahadad given new lease of life

Hamid Ahadad scored three goals in his previous two games to end a barren run with Zamalek

Ahram Online , Wednesday 28 Apr 2021
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Zamalek's Hamid Ahadad (C) celebrates one of his goals against NBE (Photo: the club's official Facebook page)
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Zamalek's Hamid Ahadad finally seems to be grasping his latest chance with both hands after netting three goals in his previous two games as he stakes his claim for a regular place upfront.

The Moroccan is expected to spearhead Zamalek's attack once again when they meet Arab Contractors in the Egyptian Premier League on Thursday as the White Knights eye a third straight victory to maintain their advantage over Ahly on top.

Ahadad has hardly justified Zamalek's decision to bring him back from a loan spell at Morocco's Raja, producing a series of uninspiring displays either as a winger or as a lone striker.

However, he has lately started to show some promising signs, giving Zamalek hope that he can be the man to replace top marksman Mostafa Mohamed, who joined Turkish side Galatasaray in the January transfer window.

Ahadad was on target as Zamalek defeated El-Entag El-Harby 2-0 last week before notching a superb brace in a 4-1 rout of the National Bank of Egypt (NBE) club on Monday.

Zamalek signed Tunisian forward Seifeddine Jaziri and Maqassa striker Marwan Hamdi in January but neither has made a significant impact so far.

"I know well the capabilities of Ahadad … he is now more than ready to lead our attack," Zamalek's French coach Patrice Carteron said.

"However, this doesn't mean that other players won't get their chance. The door is open to everyone."

Arab Contractors are having a poor season compared to last term, when they finished fourth to earn a place in the African Confederation Cup.

Their disappointing run has seen them slip to 13th in the table with 18 points, just four clear of the relegation zone. Zamalek defeated Contractors 2-0 in their opening league match in December last year.

Zamalek will miss goalkeeper Mohamed Abou-Gabal and veteran left-back Mohamed Abdel-Shafi due to COVID-19 infections. In-form defender Mahmoud El-Wensh is also doubtful due to an injury.

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