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Zamalek coach hails players, fans for Egypt Cup trophy

Zamalek's coach, Helmy Toulan, congratulates fans and players on domestic win, saying his team is now well placed to pick up more trophies

Mahmoud Elassal, Saturday 9 Nov 2013
Helmy Toulan
Zamalek's coach Helmy Toulan (Photo: Reuters)
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After snatching the Egypt Cup on Saturday, Zamalek coach Helmy Toulan his expressed pleasure in winning his first title with the team since he took the reins as coach this season.

Zamalek crushed Wadi Degla 3-0 in the Red Sea resort of El-Gouna on Saturday to win the Egypt Cup and end a five-year title drought.

"I congratulate Zamalek's players and fans for the Egypt Cup victory," Toulan was quoted as saying on the club's official website after the game.

"The Egypt Cup is important for the team and the players to put them on the right track to return to victory time and again," he added.

Zamalek snatched the Egypt Cup title with no difficulty from their modest opponents thanks to a brace from Ahmed Gaafar and a fortuitous goal from winger Mahmoud Abdel-Razek "Shikabala."

"I ask players to continue in their concentration to win other trophies," Toulan said.

"Also Zamalek's fans should continue supporting the team to victory," the tactician added.

The game was ordered to be played behind closed doors due to security concerns, but after a meeting between Zamalek's chairman Kamal Darwish and Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim, Egyptian security agreed to allow 4,000 fans to attend.  

The competition has been played in the Red Sea resort of El-Gouna, 430 kilometres from Cairo, due to security concerns after the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi amid mass protests 3 July.

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