Zamalek defeats Pyramids to retain Egypt Cup title

Zamalek defeated Pyramids 3-0 to win 2018-19 Egypt Cup, retaining the title for the second successive season. The final match was played in front of 20,000 supporters on Sunday night at the Alexandria based Borg El Arab stadium.

A second half brace from Moroccan import Achraf Bencharki after Youssef “Obama” Ibrahim opened the scoring gave The White Knights their 27th title in Egypt’s knockout competition, to close the gap with rivals Al Ahly who top the record charts with 37 titles

Led by Serbian new coach Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic, Zamalek had the upper hand for most of the game, but had to wait till after the break to give their faithful supporters something to cheer about.

After a barren first half, skipper Mahmoud Abderrazek “Shikabala” sent a calling cross that Obama tapped easily to give Zamalek the lead after 53 minutes.

Tunisian Hamdi Naguez sent a brilliant cross that Bencharki headed home to double Zamalek lead four minutes after the hour mark. Bencharki then put the cherry on top of the cake, scoring from compatriot Mohamed Ounnajem cross six minutes from time,

Zamalek will face league champions and eternal rivals Al Ahly in the 2019 Egypt Super Cup. Both sides represent Egypt in the ongoing 2019-20 Total CAF Champions League, with away missions awaiting them next weekend. Zamalek travel to Dakar to face Senegal’s Generation Foot while Ahly taken on Equatorial Guinea’s debutants Cano Sport in Malabo.

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