Al Ahly clinch record 39th Egyptian Cup title


Al Ahly clinched a historic victory in the Egyptian Cup final, defeating bitter rivals Zamalek 2-0 in a fiercely contested derby showdown held in Riyadh.

In a match that remained deadlocked until the 84th minute, Al Ahly’s Imam Ashour broke the deadlock with a close-range finish, igniting celebrations among the Red Devils’ faithful.

Mohamed Afsha sealed the win with a thunderous strike deep into stoppage time, securing Al Ahly’s 39th Egyptian Cup title.

The derby clash, the first cup final held outside Egypt, attracted a capacity crowd at the Al Waleed Park Stadium, underscoring African football’s popularity beyond the continent.

Goalkeeper Ashour’s stellar performance, including his crucial goal, earned him the man of the match accolade, further bolstering Al Ahly’s triumph.

The victory adds to Al Ahly’s remarkable run of success, marking their 11th domestic cup triumph in the last 13 competitions.

However, for Zamalek, the defeat extends their frustration, as they continue to chase elusive cup glory, having last won the title in 2019.

The loss compounds Zamalek’s disappointment following their previous defeat in the Egyptian Premier League, further highlighting the enduring dominance of their Cairo rivals.

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