It was a highly celebratory occasion for Zamalek SC following their 2-1 defeat of hated rivals Al Ahly in Thursday’s 2020-21 Egypt Cup final but it also was a great way to say goodbye to a player who has been a key contributor over the last three years. Since he joined the White Castle in July 2019, Moroccan forward Achraf Bencharki has been a consistent attacking force and wrapped up his Zamalek career by playing the full ninety minutes on Thursday following the expiration of his contract. The 27-year-old paid homage to Zamalek supporters by stating he did not feel like a foreign player but more like “one of the club’s sons”.
Bencharki made 109 appearances for Zamalek and contributed 41 goals and 28 assists during his time at the club. He announced his intentions to leave the club last month in search of an opportunity in another country and should have no shortage of suitors, but has certainly left Zamalek on a positive note.