Pitso Remains Unbeaten In Cairo Derby
Pitso Mosimane has remained unbeaten in the Cairo derby, securing an important result in the Egyptian Premier League title race.
‘Jingles’ men drew 1-1 with bitter rivals Zamalek on Monday evening, meaning Mosimane has continued his fine record against Patrice Cateron’s side, making it three Cairo derbies without a defeat.
The 1-1 draw left Al Ahly four points behind their bitter rivals, but they do have two games in hand over the log leaders.
Mosimane made four changes to his line-up in comparison to Al Ahly’s 2-1 win over Al Ittihad, with Ayman Ashraf, Rami Rabia, Mohamed Sherif and Taher Mohamed returning to the XI.
Sherif had the first attempt of the game, but his shot missed the target after just four minutes.
Zamalek came close to scoring after 20 minutes, but where denied by a fine double save from Mohamed El Shenawi, who saved a shot from Zamalek captain Shikabala as well as the rebound by Achraf Bencharki.
Chances were few and rare for both sides in the first 45 minutes, with the game heading goalless into the break.
El Shenawi again denied Zamalek the opener after 54 minutes, parrying a shot from Zizo. Zamalek were all over Al Ahly in the first 15 minutes of the second but failed to find the back of the net.
Meanwhile, Sherif had the first notable chance for Al Ahly in the second half, but the Al Ahly forward was denied by Zamalek goalkeeper Mohamed Awad from close range.
Mosimane’s men opened the scoring after 72 minutes, when second-half substitute Salah Mohsen received a long ball before rounding the keeper and slotting home.
However, Ferjan Sassi equalised just eight minutes later with a nice shot from outside the box into the far left corner of El Shenawi’s goal.
Zamalek now sit on 45 points on the log, having played 21 games, while Al Ahly follow with 41 points from 19 games.