Preview: Angry Zamalek hope to bounce back at Talae El-Geish

Ahram Online , Monday 20 Feb 2017

Zamalek's president, Mortada Mansour, reacted angrily to the team's recent form, with coach Mohamed Helmy facing possible dismissal

File photo from a previous Egyptian league game between Zamalek and Aswan (Ahram)

Zamlek's latest defeat in the Egyptian League left club president Mortada Mansour angry with the White Knights keen to bounce back when they face Talae El-Geish Monday.

Hours after Ahly's goalless draw at Ismaily last week, Zamalek wasted a golden chance to close the gap with the league leaders after slumping to a surprise 1-2 defeat to El-Intag Al-Harby.

An unconvincing 2-0 win over second-division side Olympic in the Egypt Cup Round 16 Friday increased tension in the club as Mansour expressed his displeasure over the team's recent results, adding that coach Mohamed Helmy could lose his post due to the team's poor performance.

As usual, Mansour renewed confidence in the team's manager but the latter will be under pressure having no choice but to win in the club's coming games to keep his post.

Helmy is aware of this fact, asking his players to win Monday's clash to avoid another crisis with the club's management.

He named a 19-man list for the clash with El-Geish that saw the return of resting international duo midfielder Tarek Hamed and defender Aly Gabr who missed the team's last two games.

Fullback Ossama Ibrahim returned also to the roster while left-back Mohamed Nacef and winger Ahmed Refaat were left out due to injury.

Zamalek are fourth in the league table with 34 points, 13 points behind leaders Ahly but they still have two matches in hand.

Talae El-Geish are keen to maintain their good run in the Egyptian League where they are seventh with 26 points.

Coach Tarek Yehya relies on the efforts of former Zamalek winger Ahmed Eid Abdel-Malek, who netted five goals with El-Geish so far. 

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