Ahly winger Ahmed Abdel-Kader in action against Enppi on Tuesday in Cairo Stadium. Photo: Ahly twitter account.
Striker Mohamed Sherif and winger Ahmed Abdel-Kader, who were reinstated to the starting lineup, justified their coach's decision by scoring the decisive goals in the 29th and 35th minutes, respectively.
Ahly are closing in on reclaiming the league title, which they lost to arch-rivals Zamalek over the past two seasons. With 56 points, they now sit four points ahead of second-placed Pyramids, who have played four more games.
Enppi had an opportunity to take the lead when Ahmed "Offa" Amin evaded Yasser Ibrahim and found himself in a clear scoring position, but goalkeeper Ali Lotfi denied his shot at the near post.
Their wastefulness in front of goal proved costly as Ahly capitalized on their dominance to score two goals in quick succession. In the 29th minute, Sherif volleyed home a poorly cleared ball to break the deadlock.
Just six minutes later, Abdel-Kader intercepted the ball in midfield, surged towards the penalty area, and unleashed a shot from outside the box to double his team's advantage.
Ahly controlled the game in the second half, maintaining 71 percent possession throughout. They finished the match with a total of 22 attempts, while their opponents managed only four.
Winger Abdel-Kader squandered several decent opportunities, and both Hamdi Fathy and Sherif, along with substitute Amr El Sulaya, tested Enppi goalkeeper Reda El Sayed, who made some impressive saves.
The highlight for Enppi in the second half was Ahmed Nader, who rose above the defense to meet a fine cross from Ahmed Eid, but his header missed the target.
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