Al Ahly set record
By Amr Shaheen
BBC Sport, Cairo
Al Ahly have won the first 13 matches in the Egyptian league to rewrite the history books.
The feat by Al Ahly is the first time that a club has won all their matches in the first half of a season since the league began in 1948.
The club claimed the record with a hard fought 2-1 win over Ghazl El Mehalla on Thursday.
The win was sealed when their top marksman Emad Metaab scored from the penalty spot.
Ironically two weeks earlier Mehalla had knocked Al Ahly out of the Egyptian Cup in a penalty shoot out.
"This was our toughest game this season so far but we deserved the victory," Al Ahly's coach Manuel Jose said after the 13th victory.
"Setting the record is not the end of the road.
"We have already lost a title and our opponents will be more eager to defeat us.
"We're on top, the challenge is to stay there."
Al Ahly's winning streak means they are already 12 points clear at the top of the league ahead of their arch rivals Zamalek, whose 52 match unbeaten run Al Ahly ended in November.
Nicknamed "The Red Devils", Al Ahly were named African Club of the Century by Caf in 2000.