Calls by Zamalek coach Pacheco to reform pitches continue after Enppi win

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Sunday 3 Jan 2021

"Bring Lionel Messi to play here [at Petrosport Stadium] and see if he can play or not," says Zamalek Coach Pacheco after win over Enppi

Zamalek defeated League rivals Enppi 2-1 at Petrosport Stadium on Saturday (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Zamalek's Portuguese coach Jaime Pacheco continued his campaign to reform Egyptian football pitches by criticizing Petrosport Stadium, which hosted Saturday's 2-1 league win against rivals Enppi.

"Every time we play on such a bad pitch, I will bring up this issue. Players deserve to play on better pitches," Pacheco said in the press conference after the match.

"After 10 years, you will remember the good things that we achieved, but also, I want people to remember that I launched a campaign to reform Egyptian football pitches.”

"Luckily, there are many pitches in Egypt that only need some reforms. Bring Lionel Messi to play here [at Petrosport Stadium] and see if he can play or not. The better the pitches the quicker the pace of the game will be. It is like when you are driving a car in a smooth and quick road or on one that is full of pits," the coach added.

Zamalek secured their third win in four league games with some difficulty, moving on level with second place — and defending champions — Ahly at 10 points, one behind leaders, Gouna, who played one game more.

"We played with the style that we wanted, and we deserved the victory," the Zamalek coach explained.

"I dedicate this victory to all of Zamalek’s players, even the ones who weren't available today, especially to team Skipper Hazem Emam, whose mother just passed away.”

"I prepare the players according to their physical readiness, and I choose the best for every match," he concluded.

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