Preview: Zamalek aim to extend league lead by beating Cleopatra

Mahmoud Sheleib , Monday 27 Jun 2022

Defending Champions Zamalek hope to extend their Egyptian Premier League by overpowering 10th-placed Ceramica Cleopatra on Tuesday 27 June, however, they are concerned about their defence.

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Zamalek vs Cleopatra. Al-Ahram

 

The White Knights — who are leading the league’s table with 48 points after 22 matches — will be trying to maintain their undefeated streak and widen the gap between them and archrivals Ahly.

Meanwhile, Ceramica Cleopatra have accumulated 26 points after the same number of games.

Coach Jesualdo Ferreira will have to do without his regular starters at the back since left backs Mohamed Abdel Shafy and Ahmed Fatouh, right backs Hamza Mathlouthi and Hazem Emam, in addition to central defenders Mahmoud Alaa and Mohamed Abdel Ghany are all out of commission, leaving only international centre back Mahmoud ‘El-Wensh’ Hamdy in the squad.

The veteran Portuguese tactician has a few options to fall back on, probably resorting to Abdallah Gomaa as a left back and youngster Mohamed Tarek as the right back, while El-Wensh and Hossam Abdel-Meguid will be deployed in the centre.

Veteran midfielder Tarek Hamed, forward Youssef ‘Obama’ Ibrahim, and goalie Mohamed Abu Gabal have also been ruled out due to injuries.

Squad

Goalkeepers: Mohamed Awaad, El-Sayed Ateya

Defenders: Mahmoud ‘El-Wensh’ Hamdy, Mohamed Tarek, Hossam Abdel-Meguid, Abdallah Gomaa, Mohamed Hossam

Midfielders: Emam Ashour, Eslam Gaber, Mohamed Ashraf, Mohamed Ounajem, Ayman Hefny, Ahmed ‘Zizo’ Sayed, Seif Gaafar, Sayed Mohamed, Mahmoud ‘Shikabala’ Abdel-Razek

Strikers: Youssef Osama, Omar El-Saied, Seifeddine Jaziri

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