Preview: Zamalek aim to bounce back after first league defeat

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Sunday 28 Dec 2014

The Cairo giants hope they will recover and continue the league summit race when they face promoted Damanhour on Monday

Zamalek lost 2-0 to ENPPI in their previous Egyptian Premier League game (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Zamalek will be aiming to bounce back from their first league defeat when they meet promoted side Damanhour on Monday.

The Whites' 13-match unbeaten streak came to an end when they slumped to a 2-0 defeat by ENPPI in a top-of-the-table Egyptian Premier League clash.

The club was fuming after some refereeing mistakes proved costly in Thursday's clash that left ENPPI move to top with 33 points, two ahead of the White Knights who are chasing their first league title since 2004.

On Monday, the Cairo giants could be negatively affected by the recent dispute between club president Mortada Mansour and Portuguese coach Jaime Pacheco.

Pacheco, who took over at the club following their stuttering league start under Hossam Hassan, skipped Friday's training session for no apparent reason.

Reports suggested he was angry after Mansour publicly criticised him following the loss, but he returned to his job on Saturday after a meeting with some of the club's board members.

President Mansour suddenly visited Saturday's training asking the players to forget the loss and also to show his full support for the technical staff.

Against Damanhour, Zamalek will be missing some key players like Omar Gaber, Hazem Emam, Ahmed El-Shenawy and Mostafa Fathi due to injuries.

On the other side, Damanhour will be eyeing a positive result against the visitors as they currently suffering in the league's 14th place with nine points, winning only twice in14 matches.

"We are ready for the Zamalek clash. We will play to win to secure ourselves from battling in the relegation zone," Damanhour coach Mohamed Omar said.

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