CAIRO, 30 July 2019:Al Ahly signed Ismaily’s defender, Mahmoud Metwali, on Tuesday for EGP 15 million.
The signing was announced right after Metwali passed the medical tests. Ismaily already received EGP 10 million from Al Ahly.
Metwali played 22 matches with Ismaily this season; he scored six goals. He is considered one of the most important players for Ismaily and he also joined the Egyptian national team.
Al Ahly succeeded to beat Zamalek 1-0 on Sunday night at Borg El Arab stadium thanks to the left-back Ali Maaloul goal in the 59th minute.
The Reds ended the Egyptian league topping the standings with 80 points, 8 points above their rivals, Zamalek.
Al Ahly& Zamalek started the game with the same line-up which faced Al Mokawlon&Ismaily respectively.
Al Ahly: El Shenawy, Ali Maaloul, RamyRabeaa, Ayman Ashraf, Mohamed Hany, Amr El Soleya, HamdyFathy, WalidSoliman, Ramadan Sobhy, Hussein El Shahat, WalidAzzarou.
Zamalek: Emad El Sayed, Abdallah Gomaa, Mohamed Abdelghany, Mahmoud Alaa, HamdyNagguezz, Tarek Hamed, FerjaniSassi, Ibrahim Hassan, Mohamed Ibrahim, Ahmed Sayed Zizo, Omar Al Saeed.
The first half wasn’t in a top level as both teams were closing all the gaps that may be an opportunity for the opponent to score a goal. In the second half, Ali Maaloul took the lead for Al Ahly after he took advantage of Zamalek’s goalkeeper fault who failed to deal with WalidSoliman’s shot.
Despite the match between the two giants would not change anything, but it was an important game for both teams. Zamalek needed to bring joy to their fans after losing the Egyptian League title. While Al Ahlycelebrated with the fans, the Reds didn’t want any surprises that may affect their joy.
Zamalek have been topping the Egyptian league most of the past year but they wasted a lot of points in the last 10 rounds which affected their leadership.
Most of Zamalek fans believe that the club president, Mortada Mansour, is one of the main reasons in losing the Egyptian league title after he sacked the Swiss coach, Christian Gross. Gross led Zamalek to be on the top of the league for almost 9 months, achieved the Egypt-Saudi Super Cup over Saudi club, Al Hilal. He also won the CAF Confederation Cup last May for the first time in Zamalek’s history.