Five times African champions Zamalek are facing a tricky mission when they play hosts to Senegal’s Generation Foot this weekend, in the second leg of 2019-20 Total CAF Champions League first round.
Against all odds, Zamalek conceded a 2-1 defeat in Thies a fortnight ago. Mame Gueye scored in each half to give Senegal’s academy club a 2-0 lead and put the Egyptian giants in a tough situation, but substitute Mostafa Mohamed scored what might be a vital away goal for the White Knights fifteen minutes from time to leave things open in the return leg, scheduled at the Alexandria based Borg El Arab stadium.
After losing to rivals Al Ahly 3-2 in the Egyptian Super Cup last weekend, Zamalek started their Egyptian Premier League campaign on a victorious note in midweek, defeating Ittihad Alexandria 1-0 in Cairo. Mostafa Mohamed was once again the man behind Zamalek’s lone goal, confirming that he has something to prove this season.
Starting in the youth ranks of Zamalek, Mohamed who will turn 22 next November spent the past three seasons on loan spells to local sides Dakhlia, Tanta and Talaea Elgaish. He scored 21 league goals with these sides, persuading the White Knights to restore his services this season.
And he never failed to impress, scoring four goals in three CAF Champions League matches this term, and opening Zamalek’s domestic league record, increasing his tally to five goals in as many matches this season.
“Mohamed is a great striker”, Zamalek and Egypt’s former legend Hazem Emam praised the youngster this week.
“He is a thorn in the flesh of every defender to face him. Mohamed reminds me of Hossam Hassan”, referring to another Egyptian legend and the all-time Pharaohs top scorer.
And to overcome the away defeat and reach the group stage, Zamalek will aim Mohamed can actually imitate Hossam Hassan’s heroics. The iconic forward led Zamalek to their fifth and last to date CAF Champions League glory, back in 2002.