AL AHLY v ZAMALEK Match Preview | EGYPT SUPER CUP 2017 | CAIRO DERBY
The Super Cup, which was supposed to be the season’s curtain raiser but was postponed to February, will take place in the UAE for the second time.
Date: FEB 10th 2017
Time: 18:00 Cairo Local Time
Venue: Mohamed Ben Zayed Stadium
LIVE: ON Sports & AB Sports | online on www.NileSports.com
In October 2015, Ahly defeated Zamalek 3-2 to win a record-extending ninth Super Cup title. Zamalek have won the trophy only twice.
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Al Ahly are leading this season’s league table with 45 points, 11 ahead of third-place Zamalek who still have two matches ahead of them.
New Ahly Player to Watch: Souleymane Coulibaly
The 22-year-old Ivorian has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with the reigning champions.
The former Tottenham trainee signed a three-year deal at Kilmarnock last summer after arriving as a free agent following a season at Peterborough.
He has scored 11 goals in 26 appearances for Lee Clark’s side this season, including several spectacular strikes.
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Star winger Mahmoud Shikabala will miss his second Cairo derby in less than two months after Zamalek coach Mohamed Helmi left him out of the squad.
The 30-year-old, who is enjoying a fine season with three goals and five assists in Zamalek’s first 13 league matches, was not named in the team’s 24-man squad despite not suffering from any injuries.
The reports claimed Shikabala had refused to play after Nigerian forward Stanley Ohawuchi picked up an injury during the warm-up due to his frustration at not being originally selected in the starting line-up.
Goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shennawi was included in Zamalek’s squad although there are still doubts over his availability after he suffered an injury in Egypt’s opening 0-0 draw with Mali in the African Cup of Nations, which sent him home.
New Zamalek Player to watch: Hossam Paolo
Zamalek’s new recruit Hossam Salama “Paolo, Egyptian league top scorer in 2015 and 2016, was also named in the roster.
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Match Prediction: Zamalek 2-3 Al Ahly |