Al Ahly are meeting Zamalek in the first Cairo Derby of the 2020/2021 season. And the Reds’ goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawy will officially miss this game.
Al Ahly announced earlier this week that Mohamed El-Shennawy’s swab test result returned positive, which could see him miss the Cairo derby next week.
Some reports then emerged, claiming that his symptoms are minor. And he could recover in time for the game. But nothing was confirmed.
His agent, Hazem El-Hadidy, even confirmed this morning that the Al Ahly skipper doesn’t have any Covid-19 symptoms.
However, after undergoing another swab test it has been announced that El-Shennawy tested positive once again. And he will now miss the Cairo Derby. And the second choice goalkeeper Ali Lotfi will be to replace him.
Al Ahly are set to visit arch rivals Zamalek in the Cairo Derby on Sunday April 18, in a game that was postponed from match day 4 of the Egyptian Premier League.
The Reds enter the game sitting fourth on the league table with 27 points, six behind leaders Zamalek. But they still have three games in hand.
The game will be crucial for both sides as winning it will mean getting a step closer to cementing their spot on top of the league.
In addition to El-Shennawy’s absence, Al Ahly were handed several other blows. As four of their most vital players are expected to miss the match to due injury.
Tunisia international Ali Maaloul has been out with a hamstring injury since the Club World Cup back in February. Additionally, Mohamed Hany and Junior Ajayi have also been sidelined for the past weeks due to minor injuries in the adductor muscle.