Shehata stay means success for Zamalek: Assistant

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Tuesday 29 May 2012

Zamalek assistant coach Ismail Youssef hails experienced tactician Hassan Shehata, confirms departure of star Shikabala

Youssef vs Shehata
Zamalek's assistant Youssef talk's with coach hassan Shehata (Photo: Bassam El-Zoghbi)

Zamalek assistant coach Ismail Youssef has said that his team's fortunes are assured and they will compete for the CAF Champions League title after head coach Hassan Shehata's resignation was rejected. 

Shehata, a former Egypt national team coach, early last week revealed that he had resigned in protest after Zamalek management ignored his player trading list for next season and refused to sign new players.

Zamalek management announced on Saturday that Shehata will stay in his post after they agreed to meet his demands. 

"Shehata's staying guarantees stability for the team. His departure last week caused tension for all players," Youssef was quoted as saying by Egypt's state-run news agency MENA.

Under the guidance of Shehata, the Cairo giants recently reached the group stage of African football's most prestigious tournament, and hopes of proceeding are pinned on him. 

"The coach's vast experience on the African scene will help the players to compete for the Champion League title especially after our recent outstanding performances at the tournament," added Youssef.

Zamalek board decided Saturday to offload forward, Shikabala, due to a pitch-side fight with coach Shehata after he was sidelined in the Maghreb Fez game two weeks ago.

"Shikabala was totally wrong. The recent decision to loan him is a final one," concluded Youssef.

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