Zamalek has the best football team in Egypt, says Ferreira

Eslam Omar , Monday 25 May 2015

Zamalek are sitting first on the table, well clear of arch rivals Ahly and well placed to win their first title since 2004

Jesualdo Ferreira (Photo: Reuters)

Zamalek Portuguese manager Jesualdo Ferreira has praised his squad after Sunday's 2-0 win over Assiouty Sport that has put them closer to their first Egyptian Premier League trophy since 2004.

"I asked the players to focus on the field and to play to win avoiding media attention. They really proved to be the best players in Egypt," Ferreira stated on the club's official website.

The Cairo giants are the league leaders with 66 points, 6 before ENPPI and 11 ahead of title-holders Ahly, after they were stunned by a 1-0 defeat to Haras El-Hodoud.

"Scoring early gave players confidence. Striking duo Ahmed Ali and Bassem Morsi played a very good game," Ferreira added.

Morsi and Ali scored two first half goals in the second and the 28th minutes of the game to confirm Assiouty's relegation after just one season in the top flight.

"I am delighted to score today to assert our league domination and this goal is a compensation for the cancelled goal in the African Confederation Cup," Ali said, referring to the CAF Cup round of 16 first-leg defeat to DR Congo's Sanga Balende that the team consider unfair.

Goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shennawy is celebrating keeping his net clean for the seventh successive match.

"I am proud of this accomplishment and have been complimented by fans. All I hope for is to be a part of Zamalek history and clinch the trophy," El-Shennawy said.

Zamalek are bidding for their 12th league trophy to break rivals Ahly's eight successive seasons domination. Ahly won it 37 times. 

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