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Strict rules to restore trophies in Zamalek: Coach Ferreira

Ferreira believes that Zamalek players must impose their own style against any opponent

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Saturday 7 Mar 2015
Jesualdo Ferreira
Jesualdo Ferreira (Photo: Reuters)

Zamalek coach Jesualdo Ferreira has said that brining trophies back to the White Castle is his main target in the coming period.

Earlier in February, Zamalek reached a final agreement with the Portuguese coach to replace his compatriot Jaime Pacheco, who left the club at the beginning of the year.

The contract will run until the end of this season, with an option to extend it for another season.

"Zamalek haven't won  the league title for ten years and my main target is to restore trophies to the club through imposing strict rules," Ferreira said in an interview with the club's official website on Friday.

"Zamalek is a great club and we only need to work hard to achieve our targets.

"Our players must impose their own style against any opponent. My role will be to make sure of controlling the game, securing defence and scoring goals at the same time.

"We are trying to make the best use of the current friendly matches to avoid the players' mistakes ahead of the official ties," the coach added.

Zamalek will open their CAF Confederation Cup campaign against Rwanda's Rayon Sports in the first leg of round of 32 on 13 March; the first official test under the guidance of new boss.

Upon unveiling him to media on 14, February, Ferreira has stressed that he won't leave, despite the uncertainty surrounding the future of football activities in Egypt, following the Air Defence stadium football violence in Cairo.

Ferreira was watching his new club from the stands in a league match against ENPPI on 8 February, where 20 people died after the Zamalek supporters were tear-gassed by security forces before the match started.

The match was open to the public, unlike most other games between Egyptian clubs since stadium riots in Port Said in 2012 left 72 people dead in the country's worst-ever sport disaster.

Ferreira has extensive experience in European football, particularly in his homeland. His only spell in Africa has been with Morocco's FAR Rabat in 1995-1996.

His best achievements and most successful stint came with Portuguese giants Porto, whom he led to three league titles and two cup triumphs during his four seasons at the helm.

Ahead of the league suspension, Zamalek were leading the league table with 45 points, two clear of second-placed ENPPI.

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