Pyramids blow Egyptian Premier League title race wide open after impressive Zamalek victory

Source: @pyramidsfc
Source: @pyramidsfc

Pyramids FC have moved to the summit of the Egyptian Premier League after dramatic 1-0 victory over 12-time winners Zamalek SC.

The most expensively assembled squad in African football made a real signal of intent on Tuesday evening with a crucial three points in a fiery encounter at the 20 June Stadium.

Egypt international and former Zamalek centre-back Ali Gabr proved to be the difference with a 25th-minute towering header past goalkeeper Mahmoud Genesh.

The home side could have added a second on the half-hour mark but Syria star forward Omar Khrbin's attempted paneka penalty failed to deceive the 31-year-old stopper.

Led by the likes of Khrbin, Eric Traore and South American stars Keno and Cristian Benavente - the ambitious Egyptian outfit have moved to first-place with 63 points - albeit having played to more games than The White Knights in second place with 60.

The win has thrown a spanner in the works for a thrilling title race as third-place Al Ahly trails Ramon Diaz' side by five points - with three games in hand.

Bankrolled by Saudi billionaire Turki Al Sheikh, the ambitious club has spent R872m on transfers over the past two seasons.