Fathi's super hat-trick propels Pyramids FC to 6-1 victory over APR in CAF Champions League

Mahmoud Elassal , Friday 29 Sep 2023

Pyramids FC, the newly promoted team in the African Champions League, delivered a resounding blow to APR FC of Rwanda with a commanding 6-1 victory in the second leg of the round of 32 at Cairo's Air Defence Stadium on Friday.

Mostafa Fathi
Pyramids FC winger Mostafa Fathi celebrates scoring a super hat trick during the 6-1 win over APR in CAF Champions League. Pyramids FC twitter account.


After securing a goalless draw in the first leg in Rwanda last week, the determined Egyptian side showcased their ambition to make their mark and secure a spot in the group stage of the prestigious tournament.

Egyptian winger Mostafa Fathi set the tone by breaking the deadlock just 18 minutes into the match with a powerful long-range shot that left APR's defense helpless.

Four minutes later, Moroccan midfielder Walid El Karti doubled their lead with an impressive strike from outside the box, further asserting Pyramids FC's dominance.

Fathi continued his scoring spree by finding the back of the net again ten minutes into the second half, completing his hat-trick in the 61st minute.

The 29-year-old sealed his remarkable performance just nine minutes before the final whistle, capping off an extraordinary display of skill and precision.

In the 69th minute, Moroccan right-back Mohamed Chibi contributed to Pyramids FC's tally with a well-taken goal, further widening the gap between the two teams.

APR FC managed to salvage some pride by pulling one back through substitute Victor Mbaoma in the 86th minute, but it was too little, too late as the match concluded with a resounding 6-1 victory for Pyramids FC.

Right from the start, the hosts showcased their intent, creating two clear-cut opportunities within the opening ten minutes through Walid El Karti and Ibrahim Adel, only to be thwarted by APR's resilient defense.

Pyramids FC received a significant boost with the return of veteran playmaker Abdallah El-Said and talented winger Ramadan Sobhi, both of whom had been sidelined due to injuries during the first leg, adding further depth and firepower to their squad.

Entering the prestigious continental tournament with lofty ambitions, Pyramids FC aims to claim their first trophy in a season filled with domestic and continental competitions, proving themselves as formidable contenders in African football.

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