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Zamalek’s president Mortada Mansour expressed displeasure at the team’s performances, describing them as ‘unconvincing’

Ahram Online , Thursday 2 Mar 2017
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Zamalek coach Mohamed Helmi (Ahram)
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Zamalek will have a tough mission on Friday when they face Maqassa in a delayed game from the fifth week of the Egyptian League at Suez stadium.

Friday's game will be the last chance for Zamalek coach Mohamed Helmi to keep his post after tension with the team's management that ran over the last week.

Zamalek's demanding president Mortada Mansour expressed his displeasure over the team's poor performance under the guidance of Helmi stressing that the team's performance is “unconvincing.”

The White Knights resumed their league campaign with a stunning 2-1 defeat to Intag Harby before claiming unconvincing wins over Talae Al-Geuish 2-1 and Nasr Taaden 2-0.

Zamalek's narrow 1-0 win over second division side Harras El-Hodoud in the Egypt Cup round of 16 last week raised tension at the club and Mansour said that coach Helmi could lose his post due to the team’s poor performance.

"The team’s performance was not convincing," Mansour said after the game.

"I will meet with coach Helmi to know the reasons of this poor performance."

"Our players are the best in the country and it is not acceptable that they produce such performance."

As usual, Mansour renewed confidence in the team's manager but the latter will be under pressure having no choice but to win on Friday's clash to keep his post.

Helmi's mission will not be easy against second-placed Maqassa who will be looking also for the win to close gap their ten-point gap with leaders Ahly.

Maqassa produced many fine displays this season under the guidance of excellent coach Ihab Galal who was tipped to take Zamalek in charge last December.

Helmi announced his 19-man list for Friday's clash that saw the absence of Mahmoud ' Shikabala' Abdel-Razek for technical reasons.

Midfielders Ahmed Tawfiq, Mahmoud Abdel-Atti and defenders Mohamed Nacef and Mahmoud Hamdi are all out due to injury.

Zamalek are third in the league table with 40 points, 12 points behind leaders Ahly who have played two games more.  

 

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