Al Ahly downs Micho's Zamalek

African Football

Al Ahly were crowned Egyptian Super Cup champions at the expense of Milutin Sredojević's Zamalek in a five-goal thriller.

After losing in the CAF Champions League First Round opening lef to Generation Foot last week, the pressure has built up on the former Orlando Pirates coach despite his flawless start to life in Cairo prior to the result in Senegal.

And Nigeria forward Junior Ayayi was the man of the moment last night in the pulsating Cairo derby at the Borg El Arab Stadium with a brace in the 3-2 victory.

With Ahly having invested heavily into new players and the highst paid manager in Africa in the form of former Anderlecht boss Rene Weiler, they were equally under pressure to produce a positive result.

Ayayi's 18th minute opener set the tone for the Premier League champions before Hussein El-Shahat, their club-record signing started to prove why the club invested so heavily into his arrival from Al Ain.

The tricky winger was a constant menace for Micho's side and doubled their advantage from close range just before the break and barely five minutes into the second-half, Ahly had a third.

Ayayi, once again at the end of it but it was on-loan Huddersfield forward Ramadan Sobhi who was the creator, having nipped the ball from Zamalek legend Shikabala before setting up the Nigerian.

The White Knights nearly found a way back into the game as Ahly conceded two penalties, in which centre-back Mahmoud Alaa convertd both in the 62nd and 75th minute respectively.

But the Red Devils managed to hold on for the win and secure 11th Super Cup title and 118th tile overall within their illustrious history.