Zamalek looks beyond Beni Suef Telephones to advance in the Egyptian League

Mohamad Mosselhi, Sunday 25 Dec 2011

Newly promoted Beni Suef Telephones will have a tough mission when they host Zamalek at Arab contractors stadium on Monday night


Zamalek returns to complete its campaign in the Egyptian Premier League on Monday by meeting Beni Suef Telephones at Arab Contractors stadium in 10th matchday.

The game was moved from Beni Suef stadium to Cairo for security reasons after Beni Suef authorities refused to host the game at Beni Suef stadium.

Zamalek who are 7th at the league table with 13 points from six matches, looks to maintain their triumphant campaign in the domestic League after beating Arab Contractors the last week.

Coach Hassan Shehata has announced his 18-men squad for the game which included towering striker  Ahmed Hossam ‘Mido’ after he has been recovered from a muscle injury.

Defensive midfielder Ahmed El-Merghany will replace Ahmed Tawfique who was excluded in Zamalek’s last 3-1 win over Arab Contractors.   

Merghany’s entrance will be the only modification in Zamalek’s starting XI and it is unlikely that Shehata make other modifications in his squad.

Shehata’ strategy depends on the efforts of his attacking trio Mahmoud Abdel-Razek ‘Shikaballa’, Ahmed Hassan and Ahmed Gaafar who all shined in the last game.

On the other hand newly promoted Beni Suef Telephones have to fight toughly against Zamalek if they want to make a good result against the Egyptian giant.

‘’ It will be a tough game for us. There is a huge different between Bani Suef Telephones which appears in the Egyptian League for the first time and Zamalek the Egyptian giant,''  coach Hamza El-Gamal told Ahram online.

After losing 1-0 to Masry the last week, Hamza El-Gamal men wants to express against Zamalek and proved that their last defeat was undeserved.

Coach El-Gamal succeeds to build a good team which appears as the best from the trio promoted this season.

Their position after nine weeks at the 10th place on the league table with 12 points, only one point behind the Egyptian giant, revealed the success of the upper Egypt representative.

The team’ squad included a group of talented players like Ahmed Choukry the team’s maestro, Moustapha Mehana and some experienced players like Shady Mohamed former Ahly skipper, Ahmed Fawzy former Petrojet goalkeeper.

‘’ I cannot promise for a win over Zamalek but I can confirm that my team will fight toughly during the game.’’ El-Gamal concluded.   

Earlier on the day league’s surprise Gona will meet Ittihad Al-Shorta, Enppi will host Talae El-Gueish, league’s leader Harras  El-Hodoud will receive Masry and finally Petrojet will meet Arab contractors at Suez stadium.    

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