New advisor Mido highlights problems of Pyramids FC

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Tuesday 2 Mar 2021

Mido says introducing new signings too quickly had a negative impact on the big-spending club after they made a poor start to the season

Mido with the technical staff members at Pyramids FC (Photo: Pyramids FC's official twitter account)

Former Egypt striker Ahmed 'Mido' Hossam highlighted the problems of Egyptian Premier League rising power Pyramids FC after his recent appointment as their technical advisor, stressing that the team would soon return to winning ways.

"The main problem this season has been suddenly throwing six new recruits into the fray very quickly," the former Zamalek, Ajax, Marseille, Roma and Tottenham striker told an Egyptian radio program on Tuesday.

"This has resulted in a technical defect and negatively affected the results. Big teams all over the world introduce their new signings gradually."

On Sunday, the struggling Pyramids announced the appointment of Mido as the club's new technical advisor and spokesman in a bid to rescue the team after a poor start to the season.

Under the new management of Emirati investor Salem Al-Shamsi, Pyramids continued to splash the cash in the last two transfer periods, signing a host of experienced and talented players.

The new arrivals include former Ahly quartet Ahmed Fathi, goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy, winger Ramadan Sobhi and attacking midfielder Ahmed El Sheikh.

However, they still made an indifferent start as they sit eighth in the league table with only 19 points from 13 games, 11 behind leaders Zamalek.

Last month, they signed defender Ahmed Samir and Uruguayan striker Diego Rolan to further strengthen their underachieving squad.

"The coach believed that playing all the new arrivals at the same time would help them gel into the team," Mido said, referring to Argentinian boss Rodolfo Arruabarrena.

"I felt there was a problem with how the club communicates with the media and I agreed with the management that this will be my role. Our players will be more engaged in media activities as we believe it is a part of our job," he added.

Story of Pyramids FC

Since a takeover by Saudi General Entertainment Authority chairman Turki Al-Sheikh in the summer of 2018, Pyramds, formerly known as Assiouty Sport, have spent big to build a squad that can break the hegemony of traditional Cairo powers Ahly and Zamalek.

Pyramids broke all Egyptian transfer records in the past three seasons, outspending Ahly and Zamalek but still finishing behind them in the domestic league.

Pyrmaids ended the last two seasons in third place and finished as runners-up in the African Confederation Cup last term.

"Of course we aren’t satisfied with the team's results this season, but we have full confidence in the players and the technical staff. We are also optimistic that our results will improve and we will return to the place where we really deserve to be," Mido said.

"We don't say that we are competing with Ahly and Zamalek for the time being, but we will take it step by step. The team's achievements in the last two seasons are good and we will try go one better and win the Confederation Cup this season."

Pyramids qualified for the group stage of the Confederation Cup, Africa's secondary club competition, after defeating Ivorian side Racing Club 4-0 on aggregate in the playoff.

No coaching role for Mido

Since hanging up his boots in June 2013, Mido took charge of a host of Egyptian sides such as boyhood club Zamalek, Ismaily, Wadi Degla and Maqassa.

However, the 38-year-old insisted he won’t intervene in the work of Arruabarrena.

"I won't be a coach for Pyramids and that was the request I made to the club management," Mido stated.

"We are not in negotiations with any players from Ahly and Zamalek and we also don't have any crisis inside the team over the captain's armband."

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