Last Update 20:17
Monday, 21 May 2018

Egypt's Zamalek face USM Alger without playmakers

Ahram Online , Saturday 17 Jun 2017
Mohamed Ibrahim
Zamalek playmaker Mohamed Ibrahim (file photo: Ahram)
Views: 1767
Views: 1767

Egypt's Zamalek will be without their natural playmakers when they take on USM Alger in a vital African Champions League clash away from home on Wednesday.

Mohamed Ibrahim, coach Augusto Inacio's preferred option in the playmaking rule, has been ruled out of the game because he is suffering from shingles.

Ayman Hefni was Zamalek's regular playmaker before the arrival of Inacio but the Portuguese boss has repeatedly snubbed the 31-year-old, saying his omission is down to "technical reasons".

Hefni was also left out of Zamalek's squad for the USM match, leaving the Cairo giants without a natural playmaker.

Winger Mostafa Fathi was deployed behind lone striker Bassem Morsi in the 1-0 Egyptian Premier League win over Aswan on Thursday but he was largely a peripheral figure.

Zamalek needed a last-gasp goal from out-of-favour striker Emmanuel Mayuka to salvage a 1-1 draw at home to USM Alger early this month.

The last year's runners-up are on top of Group B with five points, one ahead of USM Alger and Libya's Ahli Tripoli. Zimbabwe's Caps United lie at the bottom on three points.

 (For more sports news and updates, follow Ahram Online Sports on Twitter at @AO_Sports and on Facebook at AhramOnlineSports.)

Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

© 2010 Ahram Online.