Preview: New-look Zamalek set to test their strength against Ismaily in Egyptian League

Ahram Online , Sunday 18 Feb 2024

Zamalek will reveal their revamped squad on Monday as they face Ismaily in an Egyptian league match at the Ismailya Stadium.

Zamalek midfielders Ahmed Nabil and Abdallah Elsaid during a training session - Photo: Zamalek official X account


The team's last domestic league appearance was on December 14th when they suffered a 1-0 defeat to Masry.

With a new coach at the helm and ten winter signings, Zamalek aim to deliver a strong performance against Ismaily to demonstrate they are on the right track after a lackluster start.

The White Knights' season began poorly with three losses and two draws in their first eight matches.

Currently placed 13th in the league standings with 11 points, Zamalek find themselves 12 points behind leaders ENPPI, who have played five more matches.

The team's new management made significant recruitments during the winter transfer window, including veteran playmaker Abdallah El-Saed, Egypt U-23 midfielder Mohamed Shehata, midfielder Nasser Maher from Modern Future FC, and Ugandan winger Travis Mutyaba, among others.

All four players have been included in Jose Gomes' squad for the upcoming game.

The recently appointed Portuguese manager is hopeful for a victorious start with the team.

However, he will need to find a replacement for the injured left-back Ahmed Fatouh.

Veteran full-back Mohamed Abdel-Shafi will also be absent from the game due to injury.

Meanwhile, Ismaily, currently sitting in 14th place with 11 points from 11 games, is also seeking to improve their position in the league table.

Like Zamalek, they have secured three wins so far and will be eager to add a fourth.

They recently defeated Ceramica Cleopatra 2-1 and aim to maintain their winning momentum.

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