Preview: Zamalek's Ferreira still looking for reliable striker

Ahram Online , Saturday 24 Dec 2022

Zamalek coach Jesualdo Ferreira is likely to rotate the striker position once again when his side face Arab Contractors in the Egyptian Premier League on Sunday, with none of the frontmen at his disposal able to impress.

Youssef Hassan
Young striker Youssef Hassan is likely to lead Zamalek s frontline against Arab Contractors (Photo: Zamalek s official Facebook page)


Seifeddine Jaziri was Ferreira's number one choice last season but he is struggling to hit top gear this term, having produced a couple of lackluster displays after returning from Qatar, where he was part of Tunisia's squad for the World Cup.

Beninese Samson Akinyoola, who joined Zamalek last summer, marked his debut with a fine goal in a 2-0 league win over Smouha in October but has since irked the club after returning late from international duty.

He has recently returned to Zamalek's fold and while he seemed to be linking up well with his teammates in the final third, he still doesn't look sharp in front of goal.

Youssef Hassan, a 19-year-old striker who arrived from Wadi Degla in the close season, is another option that Ferreira is looking at, with reports suggesting that he will start the game against Contractors.

Hassan has made three league appearances so far this season but has not opened his account yet. His physical attributes were lauded though, with Ferreira saying the player "will have a big role to play in the future".

Zamalek, who are two points behind leaders Ahly on top, will be eyeing a fifth successive win when they face Contractors, who lie seventh in the table with 11 points from eight games.

The White Knights almost have a fully fit squad to choose from apart from winger Mostafa Shalabi, who is still nursing an injury.

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