Preview: Zamalek face club icon Hassan Shehata to extend lead

Eslam Omar , Monday 22 Jun 2015

Hassan Shehata, a iconic striker for Zamalek in the 70's and 80's and three time African Nations Cup winning coach for Egypt, will square off with his old team by leading the Mountain Wolves

Zamalek's players (Photo: Ahram)

After dropping points last week, Zamalek will face another tough challenge on Tuesday when they meet former coach and club icon Hassan Shehata, who is leading Arab Contractors in a impressive survival battle.

Shehata, an iconic Zamalek striker in the 1970s and 1980s and a three-time African Nations Cup winning coach with Egypt, took the Mountain Wolves off the relegation zone earlier this year leading to a series of good results for the team and for them to be able to climb up the league table to seventh place with 49 points. 

Zamalek will be looking to find their winning ways after the Petrojet draw last Saturday to secure their first league title in 10 years.

Portuguese coach Jesualdo Ferreira issued a tough warning to his players following their 1-1 draw against Gouna and the lack of collective spirit during the game.

"Players will be fined for not giving their opponent their worth," the club chairman Mortada Mansour stated on the club's official website.

The Whites had the upper hand during the game but players seemed driven by their personal ego and selfishness in the final third. International forwards Bassem Morsi, Ayman Hefni and Mostafa Fathi missed several key opportunities in front of the goals allowing Petrojet to snatch the equaliser deep in injury time.

Defender Ali Gabr will miss the game due to a knock on his right foot he sustained during the Petrojet game while striker Ahmed Ali has recovered and is fit for the game.

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