We are in action no matter what, says Zamalek football director

Eslam Omar, Sunday 6 Feb 2011

In an interview with Ahram Online, Zamalek's football director, Ibrahim Hassan, reveals the team has maintained regular training despite the ongoing turmoil in the country

Ibrahim Hassan

Zamalek's first football team continue to train despite the ongoing demonstrations and political turmoil in Egypt, with an eye on the Egyptian Premier League and another on the African Champions League.

“As soon as we got back from Kenya, we resumed our daily regular trainings after a two days break,” Zamalek's Football Director Ibrahim Hassan told Ahram Online.

The White Knights won their first leg of the preliminary stage of the African Champions league against Kenyan side Ulinzi Stars 4-0 last week. The second leg has been rescheduled for 25 February, instead of the 13th.

“The majority of our team members attend the training sessions but only few who live outside Cairo find it hard to join due to the current curfew,” Hassan said adding that “we are set to fine players who don’t keep discipline.”

“We are in action no matter what and we are planning to play friendly games soon,” he said.

Under the helm of Ibrahim’s twin, Hossam Hassan, Zamalek lead the Egyptian Premier League with 32 points, six ahead of their arch-rivals Ahly who lie in fifth place.

On the other hand, Hassan asserted that Ahmed Hossam “Mido” has officially joined the white camp after signing his contracts in spite of there being no formal news from the club.

“Mido is with us and he has signed,” Ibrahim revealed.

“The league has to be resumed as soon as possible because sport is proof that our country is strong and has returned to regular life,” Hassan confirmed.

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