It was a night when the return of star Shikabala should have hogged the headlines for Zamalek, rather it was their Nigeria ace Stanley Ohawuchi, who stole the show, ran riot and helped down the Enugu Rangers 4-1 in Egypt.
The team from Enugu simply played flat in the first leg of the 2nd round Championship League encounter, and failed to find any answer for the quadruple threat of the White Knights who harassed them all night long. The devastating runs by Ohawuchi, Hossam Salama, Ayman Hefni and Mostafa Fathi in Zamalek’s attack simply proved too much for the Nigerian champion.
The game was barely eight minutes old when Ohawuchi opened the floodgate of goals for the Egyptians. Hossam Salama made it two in the 29th minute, while Ayman Hefni increased the tally to 3-0 in the 34th minute.
In the second half the Flying Antelopes attempted to fly but clearly missed their big guns like Chisom Egbuchulam, Obinna Nwobodo and Godwin Aguda. So as they attempted to score the Egyptians countered and put the game far out of reach with their fourth goal in the 54th minute through Egyptian international, Mostafa Fathi.
Despite their lethargic play one must applaud the Rangers for not absolutely melting away like an ice block in the Sun and they were rewarded with the all-important consolatory away goal in the 84th minute through Charles Negedu.
This means that in order to proceed to the next round, the Enugu Rangers must beat Zamalek by 3-0 at the Cathedral when they play the return leg and as we saw recently in the UCL in the game between Barca and PSG, though very hard, nothing is impossible.