Sassi, Nagguez to feature in Zamalek's Egypt Cup final despite Tunisia duty

Ahram Online , Tuesday 3 Sep 2019

Zamalek and Tunisia's central midfielder Ferjani Sassi

Tunisia have granted permission to Zamalek right-back Hamdi Nagguez and central midfielder Ferjani Sassi to stay with the Cairo club for Sunday's Egypt Cup final despite being called up by their national team for two friendlies this month.

In a brief statement on its Facebook page, the Tunisian Football Federation said it had accepted a request from Zamalek to have the influential players available for Sunday's clash against Pyramids FC.

Tunisia will now face Mauritania and Cote d'voire in two friendly matches without Sassi and Nagguez.

Both players are key to Zamalek's chances of winning their second trophy of the season after they clinched the African Confederation Cup title.

Sassi has quickly become a fan favourite following his arrival at Zamalek from Saudi side Al Nassr in the summer of 2018, thanks to his defence-splitting passes and neat distribution of the ball.

Nagguez, who joined Zamalek from Tunisia's Etoile Sahel in January 2018, is also one of the team's key men, with his inviting crosses from the right providing many assists.

Zamalek, who lost the Egyptian Premier League title to arch rivals Ahly after throwing away an eight-point lead, reached the Cup final after claiming a 1-0 win over Ittihad on Sunday.

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