Mostafa Fathi (L) and Shikabala
Tuesday Jul 25, 2017. 16:00
Zamalek head coach Augusto Inacio has explained why they could not win their first game in the 2016/17 Arab Club Championship Group B.
The Egyptian giants were held to a 2-2 draw by Moroccan side Fath Union Sport at the Alexandria, Egypt on Sunday.
The Portuguese tactician blamed the depleted state of the squad for Zamalek's poor performance.
"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 on Ahram Online.
"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," he added.
"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 (Ohawuchi). I am not the person who sells the players," he continued.
"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."
Group B also includes Lebanon side Al-Ahed and Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr, and the two sides drew 1-1 in their first match.
Zamalek will face Al-Ahed in their next Group B match at the Borg Al Arab Stadium in Alexandria on Wednesday.