Dust storm hits Zamalek training ahead of Leopards clash

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Saturday 21 Sep 2013

A dust storm forces Zamalek to cancel practice ahead of their match against the Congolese Leopards on Sunday

File photo: Zamalek's training session (photo: Bassam El-Zoghbi)

Zamalek's final training session for Sunday's game against the Congolese AC Leopards was cancelled due to a dust storm that hit the coastal city of Gouna on Saturday, the team announced on its official website.

The Whites are hoping for a win when they host the Congolese team in Gouna, around 430 kilometres south of Cairo, in the last round of the group stage of the African Champions League.

The match is largely meaningless for Zamalek, as they have already waved goodbye to their chance at the African Champions League finals after last week's defeat against their rival Cairene team, Ahly. This win sealed Ahly's place at the African Champions League semi-finals.

Ahly are the top-ranked team in Group A with 10 points, three ahead of South Africa's Orlando Pirates and Congo's AC Leopards. Zamalek is the lowest-ranked team in the group at four points.

At the administrative level, Zamalek is also suffering after the Ultras White Knights, a group of the club's hardcore fans, recently stormed the club's headquarters following a protest demanding changes to the club's leadership.

Under the guidance of Head Coach Helmy Toulan, Zamalek has won only one in five games this year, losing in three and drawing in the other.

Protesters demanded the resignation of Team Chairman Mamdouh Abbas for his "failures in leading the club" as well as Head Coach Toulan for the team's failure to qualify for the CAF Champions League semi-finals.

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