Junior Ajayi scores as Al Ahly defeat ENPPI

Junior Ajayi of Al-Ahly
The former Nigeria youth international was among the goalscorers as the Red Devils secured an away win over the Petroleum Club

Egyptian Premier League champions-elect Al Ahly defeated ENPPI 3-0 in Wednesday’s game, with Junior Ajayi finding the net.

The Red Devils had won the league diadem for a fifth successive time in September following Zamalek’s 1-0 defeat at Aswan.

Against the Petroleum Club, they continued their fine run hitting the hosts for three with Marwan Mohsen bagging a brace and the Nigerian getting the all-important third.

Pitso Mosimane’s men made their intent known after taking the lead three minutes into the game through Mohsen. The Egyptian striker put the ball beyond the reach of goalkeeper Mahmoud Gad after profiting from Ayman Ashraf's assist.

The goal was a reality check for ENPPI who tried all within their ability to equalise, however, their attacking forays were met by strong resistance from the visitors’ backline.

While they were searching for the leveller, Al Ahly got their second goal through Mohsen who completed his brace in the 17th minute. This time, it was Ahmed Fathi who provided the assist as the first-half ended 2-0.

In the second-half, Mosimane’s team continued to wax stronger as they chased more goals. Mohsen had the chance to complete his treble in the 47th minute but ENPPI’s defenders were alert to prevent him from wreaking havoc.

Ajayi’s first chance came in the 50th minute, but his effort missed Gad’s goalpost by whiskers.

Not too long, Al Ahly suffered a temporary setback as Arabi Badr was replaced by Mahmoud Electra following an injury – prompting Hussein Al-Shahat to switch to the right-back position.

With 10 minutes to full-time, Ajayi took the game beyond the hosts’ reach after firing home a pass from Mohamed Afsha.

The goal was the former Shooting Stars player’s seventh of the 2019-20 season from 28 league games.

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Thanks to this result, the eight-time African champions have now won 13 of their 16 away games in the Egyptian Premier League in this campaign.

They welcome Pyramids to the Cairo International Stadium in their next outing on Sunday before taking on Wydad Casablanca in their first leg Caf Champions League semi-final clash on October 17.

Former Nigeria youth international Ajayi joined the Cairo based team in 2016 after a season at Tunisian elite division club CS Sfaxien.