Zamalek coach Gomes targets 8 new signings despite Confederation Cup glory

Ahram Online , Wednesday 22 May 2024

Coach Jose Gomes, fresh off leading Zamalek to the Confederation Cup title, has outlined plans to strengthen his squad for next season, targeting eight new signings while praising his current crop.

Jose Gomez
Zamalek's coach Jose Gomez during a training session - Zamalek's official X account

 

Gomes, appointed in February, steered Zamalek to a dramatic comeback victory over Morocco's RS Berkane in the Confederation Cup final.

Despite a 2-1 first-leg deficit, Zamalek triumphed 1-0 in Cairo to secure their second title.

Speaking to MBC Egypt, the Portuguese manager revealed his desire for reinforcements.

"We need eight new signings, without going into specifics of names or positions, and I want to give our talented youngsters a full opportunity," Gomes revealed.

"We have time to choose reinforcements; 19 matches are remaining this season, and for me, the current squad is the best in the world," he declared.

Gomes also acknowledged the historic rivalry with Ahly, highlighting its positive impact on Egyptian football.

"Both teams are the best in Africa, and their matches benefit everyone," he said.

With the African Super Cup looming, Gomes acknowledged the upcoming challenge.

"Esperance's coach is Portuguese, but I hope to face Ahly and achieve victory because it represents a special championship," he added.

Gomes' optimism extends beyond on-field matters. "Despite Zamalek's challenges, I find joy in waking up every day to work here. The fans are incredible. Their unwavering support in the Confederation Cup final was a huge factor in our strong start and fueled our performance," he confessed.

Gomes emphasized his unwavering belief in his squad, even after the first-leg defeat to Berkane.

"I never doubted their abilities after the first leg against Berkane. I knew they'd deliver a stronger showing in Cairo and secure the title," Gomes stressed.

The 53-year-old manager addressed the potential departure of star player Ahmed 'Zizo' Sayed.

"It's Zizo's and the management's decision," he said.

"He's a key player, but in football, things happen. There might be offers from other teams. I adore Zizo – both as a player and a person. He's one of the best I've seen, with a work ethic and dedication that rivals European players," he concluded.

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