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Zamalek to unveil new coach Tuesday, 2014/15 double winner Ferreira among candidates

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Sunday 11 Aug 2019
File photo: Coach of El Zamalek, Jesualdo Ferreira of Portugal, reacts during their Egyptian Cup finals derby soccer match against Al Ahly at Petro Sport stadium in Cairo, Egypt, September 21, 2015 (Reuters)

Zamalek's new coach will be unveiled on Tuesday, the club president has said, adding that the club is considering six candidates, including a second term for Jesualdo Ferreira of Portugal.

"We settled on six candidates...All the candidates are top level coaches," Mansour said in a video published in his Facebook page on Saturday.

"The last negotiations were with the club's former coach [Jesualdo] Ferreira who welcomed taking the charge but starting from next October for personal reasons.

Ferreira led the team to the domestic double in the 2014/2015 season.

"The fans are asking for Ferreira's return as he previously won the league and Cup titles," he added.

"The choosing of the new coach will be on Tuesday. I invited all the club’s icons to attend a meeting with the board members to discuss the selection and choose the coach," Mansour said. 

"We reached agreement with all of the six candidates who all know the value of Zamalek. When the board and the icons settle on the name we will announce it immediately and he will be starting his mission in just two days," he added.

Khaled Galal was sacked earlier this month after a 1-0 loss to rivals Ahly in the Cairo derby and the loss of the Egyptian premier league title.

Former Zamalek star Tarek Yehia was made caretaker coach until a new coach is appointed.

Ferreira, 73, became a fan favourite after guiding the team to their first league title first since 2004, and following that with a Cup victory.

He resigned seven months into his term, in November 2015, after a reported dispute with Mansour.

Recent reports claim that Zamalek have already reached an agreement with Argentinean coach Ramon Diaz, who delivered outstanding results last season with Egyptian club Pyramids FC.

"Diaz is among the six candidates and the final decision will be made at Tuesday's meeting," Mansour concluded.

Zamalek finished second in the Egyptian Premier League this season, and won the continental-level Confederation Cup.

The White Knights still have the chance to fight for more titles, the Egypt Cup and the CAF Super Cup, in addition to last season's edition of the Egypt Super Cup.

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