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Al Ahly players celebrate with their trophy after winning the Egyptian Super Cup match against Zamalek at the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain on Thursday night.
Al Ahly players celebrate with their trophy after winning the Egyptian Super Cup match against Zamalek at the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain on Thursday night.

Dubai - "This match was very crucial for us," said Al Ahly's former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Hossam Ghaly.

By Hisham Al Gizouli

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Published: Sat 17 Oct 2015, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Sun 18 Oct 2015, 1:20 PM

Egypt's Al Ahly clinched their ninth Super Cup and 117th title since the establishment of the Cairo-based club in 1907, with a historic 3-2 over compatriots Zamalek at the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain on Thursday night.
"This match was very crucial for us," said Al Ahly's former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Hossam Ghaly. "It was a must-win encounter for us as our fans will never accept to see Africa's Club of the Century walking empty-handed at the end of the season," he added.
Zamalek scooped two major titles in Egypt after winning the National League and Egypt Cup while Al Ahly Africa's Confederation Cup title was snatched by South Africa's Orlando after home and away defeats. The immediate result was the firing of head coach Fathi Mabrook and bringing in Abdul Aziz Abdul Shafi (Zezo) as caretaker. But, for any observers, a new defeat would have put more pressure on club's chairman Mahmoud Taher.
However, Omer Jaber put Zamalek ahead in the 26th minute with a beautiful right footer from the mouth of the box before Mahmoud Kahraba squandered a penalty kick in the 34th minute that gave Al Ahly a life-line to make a strong comeback into the match.
"We were told by the head coach to stay cool and fight back after going 0-1 down and the brilliant save by our goalkeeper Sharief Ekrami off the penalty kick brought us back into the game," Ghaly added.
Meanwhile, ice-cool Abdulla Al Saeed leveled the result from the spot in the dying seconds of the first half and the two sides went into the break on level terms.
"Once again captain Zezo told us that you are the winners of the match," Ghali added. "We went into the second half with more confidence. We realized that it was our day when Abdulla Al Saeed struck again from the spot in the same fashion in the 53rd minute," he added.
Zamalek'S job was further complicated when substitute Momin Zakariya headed home the third goal in the 69th minute. Thereafter, the Spanish referee suspended the match for ten minutes when a fight broke out between some of the players and play was resumed in the 85th minute. Zamalek scored in the 90th minute through Kahraba, but it was too late.



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