Egyptian giants Zamalek suffered a humiliating exit from the African Confederation Cup on Sunday, losing 4-3 on penalties at home to Ethiopia’s Welayta Dicha in the second leg of their last-32 tie.
Zamalek, five times former champions of Africa, were beaten by a side playing in an African club competition for the first time.
Welayta Dicha has now qualified for the Confederation Cup playoffs where they will face one of the African Champions League last-32 losers.
The Ethiopians came armed to Egypt with a 2-1 advantage from the first leg of the continent’s second-tier club tournament.
On Sunday, the scoreline was reversed with Zamalek winning their home leg 2-1.
Ahmed Madbouli had given the Egyptians a 2-0 lead, but Welayta Dicha leveled the aggregate score to 3-3 with a goal from Abdel-Samad.
That took the contest into a tense penalty shoot-out in front of Zamalek’s own fans.
The pressure told on the hosts who missed two of the spot-kicks, with the visitors winning 4-3 to record a famous victory.
It is a further blow for Zamalek, whose arch-rivals Al Ahly won the domestic league title in Egypt last week.
Zamalek are currently third in the Egyptian league standings.