Memorable comeback sees Ahly winning 41st Egyptian League title


Egyptian giants Al Ahly retained the Egyptian Premier League title for the fourth season running and the 41st time in their history on Wednesday (24 July 2019) after defeating Arab Contractors 3-1 in the penultimate round of the 2018-19 season.

The Red Devils raised their tally to 77 points, five more than arch rivals Zamalek with one match to spare; the Cairo Derby that gathers both giants next Sunday at the Alexandria based Borg El Arab stadium.

Tunisian import Ali Maaloul gave Ahly the lead in the first half, before Hussein Elshahat scored a brace after the break. Saifeddine Jaziri scored an injury time consolation goal for Arab Contractors that didn’t stop Ahly players from cheering with their supporters in Borg El Arab stadium, while other hundreds gathered at the club’s premises in Cairo to celebrate.

It was a season to remember for the Cairo Red Devils who confirmed their supremacy over Egyptian football, cementing their unprecedented record with a 41st league title, 29 more than their eternal rivals Zamalek (12).

Last December Ahly were doomed to the bottom of the table. Despite having five games in hand then, not many people thought the defending champions could retain their title, especially with fierce competition from inform Zamalek and giant spenders Pyramids FC. But the Red Devils produced one of the most memorable comebacks in Egyptian Premier League history to retain the title they won (41 times) more than double all what other teams achieved (19).

Ahly and Zamalek will represent Egypt in the 2019-20 CAF Champions League. Record eight time champions Ahly will face South Sudan Atlabara in the preliminary round, while CAF Confederation Cup holders Zamalek start their campaign from the same round against Somalia’s Dekadaha.