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Al Ahly and Pyramids square off with first place at stake in the Egyptian Premier League

Pyramids FC have spent plenty of money in their attempts to challenge Egyptian football’s power clubs Al Ahly and Zamalek, and after failing to live up to expectations since the club’s transformation in 2018, the Cairo club appears to be a serious challenger in the 2021-22 Egyptian Premier League season as they prepare for a massive Tuesday duel against Ahly. First place will be at stake as Pyramids currently lead by a point with Ahly still having a match to make up, making Tuesday an opportunity for Pyramids to make their statement of intent.

Numerous storylines make the match an intriguing duel. Pyramids used their money to poach a couple of former Ahly players who became disgruntled with the team’s management, and it will be interesting to see how players such as Ramadan Sobhi perform in front of the Ahly supporters who feel he betrayed them for the money of Pyramids. Pyramids have brought in a few foreign signings over the league break in January including South Africa’s Fagrie Lakay, Moroccan midfielder Walid El Karti as well as Burkinabé midfielder and 2021 Africa Cup of Nations standout Blati Touré. Tunisian striker Fakhreddine Ben Youssef is the only notable absence for Pyramids.

Ahly, tired and dealing with some injuries due to fixture congestion from their involvement in the FIFA Club World Cup as well as CAF Champions League duty, will welcome back important defensive presences Yasser Ibrahim and Aymen Ashraf for the encounter. Ahly football director Sayed Abdel-Hafiz stated that even with a highly anticipated CAF Champions League away match against Mamelodi Sundowns approaching, supporters will see the best squad possible because of the impressive form of Pyramids.

Read more on Tuesday’s clash in the links below from Ahram and KingFut.

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