Ghanaian striker Ernest Papa Arko scored an outstanding screamer as his Egyptian club Smouha narrowly defeated giants Al Ahly in the top-flight league on Thursday night.
Arko became the third Ghanaian to score for Smouha against Ahli, guiding the minnows to a 1-0 Egyptian league win over the African champions.
A wonder goal by Arko condemned Ahli to their first-ever defeat to Smouha as the Ghanaian followed in the footsteps of compatriots Godwin Attram and Samuel Affum.
The second-half winner also meant that Smouha’s five goals against Ahli were all scored by Ghanaians.
Ahli slip down to second place in Group A with six points, leveling with leaders Harras Hodoud who also slumped to a 1-0 loss to Bani Suef Telephones, while Smouha climbed to fifth on four points with their first win.
The first half saw two ex-Ahli keepers stand between Smouha’s sticks as former goalie Amir Abdul-Hamid was forced off the pitch to be replaced by Ramzi Saleh after just 13 minutes.
Ahli were expectedly in charge but the hosts struck on the counter when Arko fired a magnificent drive from a whole 30 yards out leaving Ekrami with no chance 19 minutes into the second half.