Mohamed Sherif scored twice as Al Ahly beat Zamalek 2-1 in the Cairo derby on Sunday. In Switzerland, Cameroonian Jean-Pierre Nsame scored all three goals for Young Boys Berne against Lugano (3-0), a win that allows the Bernese to retain their championship title.
The Cairo derby between Zamalek and Al-Ahly is an event that has a huge impact beyond the sprawling Egyptian capital, even without supporters due to the health crisis. On Sunday night at the International Stadium, Zamalek hosted their arch-rivals in a late match on Matchday 4, with a six-point lead. but in a league where not all teams are on schedule. The Egyptian Premier League is officially in its 18th game, but Zamalek still have three games in hand and Al Ahly six.
One player in particular stood out in this match between the only two title contenders. Mohamed Sherif (25, 3 caps) was the player who made Zamalek's defense go through hell in less than 15 minutes. Sherif first opened the score (21st), then gave his team the lead three minutes after Mohamed Abdel Razak Fadlallah "Shikabala" equalized. "
Sherif, who trained at Wadi Degla, another club in the capital, joined Al-Ahly in 2018. His loan spell last season at ENNPI proved to be a good one, as the striker scored 14 goals. His return to Africa's most successful club comes with some pretty convincing statistics: Sherif has scored 6 goals and provided 3 assists in the league, and on the continental stage, the Cairo native has scored 3 goals and provided an assist in the Champions League. A competition that the two rivals from the Egyptian capital are aiming to win. In the meantime, they will meet again on 10 May at the same venue for the return leg.
Switzerland: Nsame scores hat-trick, Young Boys win title
The Swiss championship is not yet over, but we already know the name of the winner. It is Young Boys Berne, which will come as no surprise as the club has already won the three previous editions. The 27-year-old Jean-Pierre Nsame was a key figure in the club's latest triumph, which was made official on Sunday after a 3-0 win over FC Lugano in the 29th round of matches.
The Cameroonian international even went so far as to score all three of his team's goals, firstly from a service from Ulisses Garcia (39th), then from an offering from his compatriot Nicolas Ngamaleu (68th) and finally from the penalty spot (76th). The striker, who even picked up a caution during this lively evening, is now the league's top scorer (18 goals), a total improved by his six assists and the seven other goals scored in the Champions League and Europa League.
Nsame, recruited in June 2017 by Young Boys Berne, who were seduced by his efficiency at Servette Geneva, has just added another line to his list of achievements with this fourth title. The former Angers player, who was approached by Dijon during the last summer transfer window, could once again be the object of new interest in the coming weeks. His market value is estimated at 7 million euros, a sum that made Dijon back off last year. It should not put off some suitors, as the Cameroonian confirms every year his reputation as a finisher. Last season, the Douala native scored 46 goals in all competitions, including 32 in the Super League...