Zamalek’s coach Augusto Inacio rues thin squad


Zamalek's coach Augusto Inacio rues thin squad

Zamalek coach, Augusto Inacio

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Jul 26, 2017. 08:59

Zamalek coach Augusto Inacio believes they failed to do well in 2016/17 Egyptian Premier League because of a thin squad.

The White Knights manager was speaking after they drew 2-2 against Morocco’s FUS Rabat in their Arab Championship opener last weekend.

In the wake of the draw, the Portuguese manager said they will continue to suffer in the upcoming matches.

“FUS Rabat is a good team but we played them with a shortage in the squad and we will continue to suffer from this issue in the coming games,” Inacio said.


“We only have two wingers in our squad, Shikabala and Ahmed Refaat, and with the latter’s injury we played with no winger.

“I am not a magician capable of doing more than we did during the FUS Rabat game. All the players gave their best and performed well, but we can’t achieve victory while we are lacking this number of players in the squad.

“I can’t do more than what I did with the team. I am not responsible for selling Mostafa Fathi and Stanley. I am not the person who sells the players.

“Two players left the team without replacements for them being signed. You want to blame the coach for the poor results, but I can’t change the players’ positions.”


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Zamalek’s Salah – We will fight for the last eight


Graeme Jackson

Sunday Jul 09, 2017. 11:00

If Zamalek can defeat Al Ahli Tripoli and move into the last eight of the CAF Champions League, it will go a long way in appeasing their frustrated fans, according to vice-captain Ibrahim Salah.

The White Knights’ supporters have grown increasingly disenchanted with the team, who must win their home clash against Tripoli to have any chance of advancing into the quarterfinals of the continental competition.

Zamalek lost the Champions League final to Mamelodi Sundowns last year, missing out on a chance to claim a sixth African crown and their first since 2002, while on the domestic front they have had to watch as Al Ahly have won the Egyptian Premier League title yet again.

“The game is an opportunity to reconcile with the fans, especially since we will fight to qualify for the last eight,” Salah told a pre-match press conference, as quoted by KingFut.

“The players are aware of the amount of responsibility on them in the current period. They will play for the win.

“The older players have a big role in supporting the younger ones before the game,” the midfielder concluded.

Zamalek will host the Libyans for their final group stage clash at the Borg El Arab Stadium on Sunday night, kick-off at 21h00 CAT.


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