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Preview: Zamalek out for third straight win under Inacio at lowly Tanta

Ahram Online , Thursday 27 Apr 2017
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Zamalek manager Augusto Inacio (Photo: Ahram)
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Zamalek will be looking for their third win in a row under manager Augusto Inacio when they travel to 14th-placed Tanta in the Egyptian league on Friday.

After enduring a disappointing debut as Zamalek boss, having slumped to a 2-0 defeat by Enppi, Portuguese manager Inacio led his side to a convincing 3-0 win over Talae El-Geish before edging out Masry 1-0 last week.

And in his bid to get the Whites back on track after uncharacteristically losing five successive league games, including a game against Maqassa that the club forfeited, Inacio will be keen to register his third win against lowly Tanta.

Zamalek have virtually lost hope of a top-two finish after seeing the gap with second-placed Maqassa extended to 14 points, and Inacio's focus should be on finishing third to seal CAF Confederation Cup qualification.

He will be keen to make the most of the upcoming league games also to prepare his side for their Champions League group-stage campaign – which is due to start next month.

Zamalek will be missing playmaker Ayman Hefni after sustaining an injury against Masry, whereas young left-back Ahmed Fatouh is suspended after collecting a third yellow card.

Midfielder Mahmoud Abdel-Aati and striker Ahmed Gaafar have both made the squad, as the absence of Hossam Salama continues.

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