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28 March - 3 April 2002
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ZAMALEK's handball team successfully defended their cup crown for a second consecutive year, edging past Ahli 27-26 in a thriller worthy of the country's ranking powerhouses in the sport.
photo: El-Sayed Abdel-Qader
Zamalek's win somewhat offset last month's league loss to Ahli.
At Cairo Stadium's indoor complex, the cup final was a highly-charged affair with emotions running high at both ends. The referee was forced to flash the red warning card five times, permanently ending the presence of Ahli pivot Gohar Nabil with 30 minutes remaining.
The final whistle cooled tempers and also brought to an end the careers of Zamalek's star goalie Ayman Salah and team captain Hossam Gharib, both of whom were forced to retire in the wake of the federation's decision to lay off any player older than 32.
In a symbolic gesture, Zamalek presented the cup to Salah and Gharib who are former members of the national team
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