ENPPI coach expects tough Egypt Cup final against Zamalek

Mahmoud Mohamed, Thursday 6 Oct 2011

Mokhtar reveals his side's preparation plans ahead of Tuesday's Cup final

Mokhtar Moktar
ENPPI coach Mokhtar Moktar (Photo: Bassam El-Zoghby)

ENPPI coach Mokhtar Mokhtar on Thursday described his side's upcoming Egypt Cup final against Zamalek next Tuesday as the harshest game in his coaching career history.

“The team will stage a preparatory camp for the Zamalek game on Sunday, not to put pressure on them as it’s the toughest game in my coaching history,” Mokhtar was quoted as saying on the club's official site.

The 57-year old tactician refuted reports he will do without winger Eslam Awad in the game against Zamalek.

“Eslam Awad is one of the most effective players in the game and he is fit enough to feature in ENPPI's line-up,” he added.

The Petroleum side have reached the Egypt Cup final three times, winning in 2005 and finishing as runners-up in 2008 and 2009.

ENPPI booked their place in the final by beating Arab Contractors 8-7 on penalties while Zamalek won their semi against Haras El-Hodoud 2-1.

Zamalek and ENPPI will contest the final on 11 October, three days before the new Egyptian Premier League season.

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