Preview: Zamalek relying on new signings to spring a victory against Esperance away

Ahram Online , Friday 24 Feb 2023

Zamalek will be looking to their three recent signings to turn their fortunes around and help bring a much-needed victory when they face the Tunisian side Esperance away in the third round of CAF Champions League Group D games on Saturday.

Sayed Abdalla (L) and Ahmed Belhadji (R) on Zamalek trainings. Photo: Zamalek's official Twitter account


Zamalek winter transfer signees - Moroccan midfielder Ahmed Belhadji, Nasser Mansi, and Mahmoud Shabana - will be available tomorrow to boost the White Knights' squad against the Tunisian side in Rades.

Belhadji, 25, who has been a revelation with his former team Aswan, could prove to be vital for Zamalek as an attacking midfielder.

Meanwhile, Shabana, 27, who returns to the White Knights after loan to Smouha ended, also will be a useful option for the defence as Zamalek continue to miss the services of Mahmoud Hamdy, Mostafa El-Zenary and Ahmed Fatouh due to Injury.

Nasser Mansi, 25, who joined coming from NBE club, is also a reliable option as a striker.

The White Knights have been struggling on and off the pitch this season, claiming only two wins in eleven games in all competitions since the start of 2023.

The Five-time African Champions have previously met Esperance, winners of four of these titles themselves, on nine previous occasions in the continental competition, winning in four, losing three, and drawing in two.

They opened their campaign in the group stage with a 1-0 loss to Algeria’s Belouizdad at home then tied with Al Merreikh of Sudan away.

Zamalek, who are in third place with one point, will be in desperate need of three points to remain alive in the tournament.

On the other hand, the in-form Esperance enter the game having won their first two games in the stage group.

They will be gunning to pick up the maximum points from th game to cement their position on the top of the group.

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