Al-Ahly .. “sluggish steps” towards preserving the Egyptian League title
With slow steps on the way to preserving the shield, Al-Ahly fans doubted about the ability of the African champion to crown the Egyptian Premier League title for the current season, 2020-2021, which runs until next August.
In parallel with Al-Ahly’s successful completion of its continental mission and achieving the African Champions League title for the tenth time in its history, after its victory over South Africa’s Kaizer Chiefs 3-0 in the final match, the “local” Al-Ahly seems more lax.
Al-Ahly returned to the resumption of the league competition with the same unusually slow steps, unlike what happened last season, during which it achieved 16 consecutive victories at the beginning, which made it easier to win the title.
Al-Ahly achieved only 5 victories in the last 10 matches it played in the Egyptian League, which gave its traditional rival Zamalek great hope to regain the title absent since 2015 from the White Castle.
The African champion was exposed to a trap in his first local match after the African crowning, and he tied with the newly promoted Al-Ahly Bank to the Premier League with a goal for each team.
In the next match, he was about to receive a painful loss in front of El Entag El Harby, but he eventually adjusted the result and won in the deadly time 3-2, after he manipulated the nerves of his fans, which contributed to increasing doubts about his ability to complete the local journey, especially since the performance was not Be assured of the fans of the team.
The Red Giant has missed copious points in the last 10 matches, with a draw with El-Gouna with one goal for each team, then a loss against Ghazl El-Mahalla with a clean goal in a resounding surprise, and a one-to-one draw with Zamalek, and two goals for Pyramids.
The fluctuating results in the recent period for Al-Ahly club affected its candidacy to win the title, while its white rival achieved 6 victories and 4 draws in the last 10 matches to control its grip on the top.
Al-Ahly’s long journey towards returning to the top of the league has only two steps ahead, as it plays with Aswan and then Wadi Degla to reach the 27th match this season, equal to the same number of matches as leaders Zamalek.
In the event that Al-Ahly wins its two postponed matches, it will raise its score to 61 points, equal to Zamalek in the number of points, but it will top the standings with a difference in direct confrontations with Al-Abyad, as well as with a goal difference advantage.
Then the two Egyptian football poles will play 7 decisive matches for each of them, determining the winner of a title that observers believe will not be decided until its end.
Crises on the way
During his career, Al-Ahly faced several crises that contributed to slowing down his march towards the title, the last of which was playing the postponed matches that began to falter against Al-Ahly Bank without 6 of its players to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, led by goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawy.
Al-Ahmar was also subjected to severe pressure in the succession of matches due to the postponement of several matches for his participation in the Club World Cup this year, and his African connections that left their mark by exhausting the entire team.