File Photo: Zamalek players during the match in Egyptian league against Enppi. Al-Ahram
Zamalek, who claimed their 1st league title since 2015 last season, are hoping to secure the title for the second time in a row despite suffering from a FIFA-imposed transfer ban.
The club was banned from registering any players in this recently concluded summer transfer window and the next one after striking a new deal with youngster Hossam Ashraf after he had already signed for a Cameroonian academy.
They were given a reprieve, however, after learning that they can register those who were away on loan last season, including in-form wingers Mostafa Fathi and Moroccan Mohamed Ounajem.
Zamalek coach Patrice Carteron has asked the players to concentrate on the game against Enppi so they do not lose any scoring chances to secure a good head start in defending their title.
The Whites snatched the 2020-21 Egyptian Premier League title in the final stretch of the season after winning the last eight games to pull ahead of second-placed Ahly by four points to finish with an impressive total of 80.
“We will deal with the new season and the games’ sequence as we did in the last season,” Carteron was quoted as saying on Zamalek’s official website.
“We will give all the players their chances to participate, as there won’t be a player who plays in every game.”
The Cairo giants will be missing the services of the team’s veteran winger Mahmoud Shikabala, who is on an eight-game ban after he was caught on video remonstrating with EFA head Ahmed Megahed following the end of Zamalek’s final Egyptian Premier League against NBE club last season.
Enppi finished 6th on the Egyptian Premier League’s table last season with 49 points, however, they are bidding to finish this season in the top four to secure a place in the continental competitions.
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