African champions Al Ahly seek to reclaim top spot in league from Zamalek

Ahly players line-up prior the match between Al-Ahly and Pyramids in the Egyptian League July 1, 2021 Cairo Egypt (Photo by Ziad Ahmed/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Fresh from securing a record-extending eighth CAF Super Cup, African champions Al Ahly will shift their focus to their domestic league as they aim to wrest the title from bitter rivals, Zamalek.

Al Ahly will face Future F.C. later on Sunday at the Al Salam Stadium in the Egyptian capital Cairo knowing a draw will take them above the defending champions on goal difference while victory will take them two points clear.

FILE PHOTO: Al Ahly players line up before a past Egyptian Premier League match. /Getty Images

Zamalek, which won a 13th league title last season, leads the Egyptian Premier League with 19 points followed by Al Ahly with 18 points.

It was just the second time since 2004 and first time since 2015 that Al Ahly had not been crowned champions of Egypt with Zamalek claiming honours on those occasions.

This season, the White Knights, however, have played eight games, two more than the Red Devils, who are yet to drop a single point in their first six games so far.

The only other unbeaten side in the league so far is Pyramids F.C. who are third, a further point behind Al Ahly having played a game more.

Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane will be able to call upon several of his stars who featured against Morocco’s Raja Casablanca in Qatar in the Super Cup.

Captain Mohamed El Shenawy, playmaker Mohamed ‘Afsha’ Magdy defender Ali Maaloul and midfielders Mohamed Taher and Percy Tau were all named in the match day squad to play Future F.C.

Though it is still early days in the season, Al Ahly and Mosimane will certainly be aiming to establish an advantage over Zamalek as the expectation at the club is to be a serial winner, domestically and continentally.

(Story compiled with assistance from wire reports)