Zamalek’s veteran winger and skipper Mahmoud 'Shikabala' Abdel-Razek has defended under fire teammate Youssef 'Obama' Ibrahim, vowing to fight for the domestic double [league and Cup] titles this season.
“Obama always makes a difference while being in his top form, but sometimes he plays without full readiness for the team’s sake and fans don’t know that fact,” Shikabala told Zamalek’s TV channel on Saturday.
“I ask all to support Obama, especially as he sacrifices his attacking role to defend in the midfield upon our request," the 35-year-old skipper added.
Obama, 26, is considered one of the key elements in the Zamalek squad in the past two seasons, but he became recently under fire after a series of poor displays.
Zamalek is currently leading the Egyptian Premier League table with 55 points from 25 matches, 14 behind holders and archrivals Ahly who still have six matches in hand.
“We vowed to win both the league and Egypt Cup titles this season to please the fans regardless what is happening away from the field. We will fight till the end on the field,” concluded Shikabala.
Shikabala, who began his career through Zamalek’s youth ranks, has won five Egypt Cup titles, two Egyptian Super Cup titles and two CAF Super Cup titles during his long career with the Cairo giants.
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