Egyptian newcomers Pyramids continued their unprecedented start to their first ever CAF campaign, having their third successive group stage victory, and fifth consecutive away win overall in this season’s Total CAF Confederation Cup, beating compatriots and hosts Al Masry 2-1 in Alexandria in Group A Match Day 3.
Substitute Mohamed “Dodo” Elgabbas scored seven minutes from time against his former boyhood club to give Pyramids victory that sent them on top of the group with nine points from three victories in as many matches.
After a barren cagey first half that saw both sides playing cautiously, Pyramids took the lead nine minutes after the break. Veteran Abdullah Elsaid sent a long ball to Islam Essa, whose low cross found Ghanaian John Antwi who tapped the ball past Ahmed Massoud in goal for the hosts.
Al Masry made attacking substitutions in search for the equalizer, and had what they looked for after 72 minutes. Mohamed Farouk fouled Ahmed Shousha inside the vital area, and from the spot Burkinabe Saidou Simbore made no mistake to restore parity for the Port Said based side.
And while it looked like a derby draw for both sides, Dodo Elgabbas who had barely been on the pitch for a minute after replacing Antwi gave his side the lead. Elgabbas who started his career in the ranks of Al Masry, made use of a defensive blunder to send a brilliant bicycle kick into Massoud’s net.
Pyramids raised their tally to nine points, three more than Al Masry before both sides lock horns again in the reverse fixture in a fortnight. Mauritania’s Nouadhibou and Nigeria’s Rangers meet later on the night in the other Group A game in Nouakchott.