Zamalek stunned by Enppi to suffer 3rd Egyptian league defeat

Ahram Online , Tuesday 10 May 2022

A below-par Zamalek side slumped to a stunning 2-0 defeat at home to Ennpi on Tuesday as they failed to extend their advantage over challengers Pyramids FC and Ahly on top of the Egyptian Premier League.

John Ebuka
John Ebuka (L) scored Enppi s second goal in a 2-0 Egyptian Premier League win over Zamalek on Tuesday (Ahram)

Goals from full-back Ali Fawzi and Nigerian striker John Ebuka either side of the interval gave Enppi a fully deserved win and condemned Zamalek to their third loss of the season, ending their three-match winning run.

Zamalek lacked spark and imagination and were vulnerable at the back, with Enppi unlucky not to grab a bigger win after spurning some easy chances on the break.

The Cairo giants are still on top with 41 points from 18 games, with Pyramids second on 35 points from 16 matches and Ahly third on 33 points from 14.

Pyramids will go level with Zamalek and Ahly will overtake them with a four-point lead on top should they win their rescheduled games.

Enppi, who claimed their first win over Zamalek in almost three years, moved up to eighth with 23 points.

Zamalek survived an early scare when the lively Ebuka had a goal disallowed for offside, having broken clear from almost the halfway line.

The hosts also wasted two chances, with Youssef Ibrahim firing poorly wide from a good scoring position after being played in by striker Omar El-Said, who had a side-footed effort denied by the post a few minutes later.

Zamalek were taken aback when Fawzi made the most of a recurring defensive lapse to open the scoring in the 39th minute.

Mostafa Shalabi toyed with off-form Tunisian right-back Hamza Mathlouthi on the left and whipped in a cross that central defender Mahmoud El-Wensh cleared into the path of the unmarked Fawzi, who clipped the ball past the advancing keeper at the far post.

In the second half, Zamalek's territorial dominance counted for nothing as they hardly created any openings.

Their chances of staging a comeback were dealt a blow when Ebuka doubled Enppi's lead with a superb effort on 61 minutes, unleashing an unstoppable shot that nestled into the top corner of the net past the motionless keeper following a touched-on free-kick.

Enppi had further chances to compound the misery of Zamalek, who will rue their inability to open up a big lead over Ahly, who are busy contesting the African Champions League semi-final.

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