Zamalek French coach Patrice Carteron
After repeatedly stating that it will not play the remaining matches of the Egyptian Premier League, Zamalek announced late on Monday that it will resume playing despite still being against the decision to resume the league.
In a general assembly meeting held at the club, the team’s French coach Patrice Carteron revealed his final decision to play in the domestic league, but stressed that he is against the resumption. The club’s president also asked the general assembly for their decision, which was also to resume playing.
“I didn’t want to resume the league matches like many other coaches, because of the large number of matches, which may prevent us from finishing the current season,” said Carteron.
The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) announced the schedule of the upcoming matches of the Egyptian Premier League, and the White Knights’ first match will be against Masry on 6 August.
Before the league suspension, Zamalek was fourth on the table with 31 points after 16 matches, while leaders Ahly have 49 points after 17 matches.
“We wanted a new season without many matches in a small period of time, which may cause injuries to the players, but we have to play in order not to get penalised, so we will make good use of the league games and prepare ourselves for the African Champions League,” the 49-year-old former Ahly coach explained.
The Cairo giants will play a vital African Champions League semi-final clash against Raja Casablanca of Morocco in September.
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