Preview: Zamalek to celebrate a well-earned league title early after Ittihad of Alexandria game

Ahram Online , Monday 22 Aug 2022

Zamalek and fans across the country will celebrate the hard-won 2021-2022 Egyptian Premier League title - their second-consecutive and 14th title overall since the start of the prestigious competition in 1948 - after the end of an inconsequential Ittihad of Alexandria game in Cairo on Tuesday.



The White Knights, who are on top of the table with 75 points, ran with the trophy after second-placed Pyramids succumbed on Monday to Future FC 0-1, losing all hope  - at 68 points with only two games left on the season - to catch the champs.

It will be the "most difficult" title win, Zamalek President Mortada Mansour said earlier in the day, stressing that the team had to overcome numerous hurdles to claim this year's league trophy.

The defending champions were denied signing of new players in the two-window transfers due to FIFA sanctions; lost French boss Patrice Carteron who was sacked due to bad results; and also lost the services of several key players during the season such as the always-dependable midfielder Tarek Hamed, star Moroccan winger Achraf Bencharki, and starting goalie Mohamed Abu Gabal over different contractual issues.

In March, Zamalek hired Portuguese coach Jesualdo Ferreira in a second stint with the club to turn their fortunes around.

The 76-year old, who led the team to a domestic double in the 2014-2015 season, came thru to help the White Knights producing impressive football and convincing winning streak - overcoming all odds.

The club board said they will organise celebrations across the country to celebrate their champions.

Meanwhile, the hopes of Zamalek's archrivals Ahly - at 64 points in third place - to finish runnersup in the season were kept alive by Pyramids FC loss, as the Red Devils play one more game on the Millionarios.

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