Zamalek coach Hossam Hassan has announced that he is responsible for the Cairo giants’ 4-2 defeat against Tunisian club Africain in their round 32 first-leg match in the African Champions League.
“I can’t blame my back line for the defeat but I blame my leadership. Players like Amr El-Safty and Ahmed Ghanem Soltan helped Zamalek to lead the Egyptian League table but they are not so popular among supporters,” Hassan told Al-Ahram.
The former Ahly and Zamalek striker announced that his team lack continental experience but he confirmed his confidence that the White Castle will qualify for round 16 by winning the second-leg in Cairo.
The second-leg is set to be held in Cairo Stadium on Saturday 2 April and this date has been selected by Zamalek coaching staff to insure rest and preparation for their players who participates with the Pharaohs in South Africa’s qualifier match to the 2012 African Cup of Nations.
Zamalek have canceled their friendly match in the retiring festival of Saudi player Mohamed Abu-Arrad in Abha after some organizing problems.
Zamalek president Galal Ibrahim rubbished all reports about firing the coaching staff, confirming his support for coach Hossam and his twin, general manager, Ibrahim Hassan who have been attacked by supporters for their purported loyalty to Egypt's former president, Hosni Mubarak.