Ismaily 0-0 Zamalek | Egyptian Premier League | VIDEO
Zamalek stumbled in their first match under new coach Mohamed Salah and were even lucky not to lose after a 0-0 draw at an Ismaily side who produced a vivid attacking display in Tuesday’s Egyptian Premier League game.
Full time : Ismaily 0-0 Zamalek
Shoukri Naguib, Ibrahim Hassan (Ismaily)
Ismaily: Mohamed Awad, Baher El-Mohamady, Sherif Hazem, Samed Abdel-Fadil, Mohamed Adel, Mahmoud Abou El-Magd (Amr Abdel-Fattah 76), Mohamed Fathi, Hosni Abderabou, Ibrahim Hassan, Torric Jebrin, Shoukri Naguib (Ahmed El-Saeidi 82).
Zamalek: Ahmed El-Shennawi, Mohamed Nassef,Ahmed Dwidar, Mahmoud Hamdi, Hosni Fathi, Mahmoud ‘Dunga (Ibrahim Salah 67), Tarek Hamed, Stanley Ohawuchhi, Ayman Hefni (Emmanuel Mayuka 79), Shikabala, Ahmed Gaafar (Maarouf Yussuf 46)
Venue: Ismailia Stadium
Referee: Mohamed Farouk
The visitors had to thank goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawi for pulling off some fine saves which prevented Zamalek from slumping to their first defeat of the season after Moemen Soliman, who guided them to the Egypt Cup title last season and a runners-up spot in the African Champions League, resigned from his post.
Soliman cited what he perceived as “heavy pressure” after being fiercely criticised by the fans, media and Zamalek’s chairman Mortada Mansour for a number of lackluster displays, despite a run of four wins and a draw in five league games.
But things have not changed in the first game under the stewardship of Salah, who took over at Zamalek on an interim basis more than once.
Zamalek, who still have four matches in hand, are ninth in the table with 14 points from six matches, one ahead of Ismaily who played 10.
The White Knights could not end the jinx of Ismailia Stadium, where they failed to record any win in 10 years.