Monday May 13, 2019. 12:00
Zamalek’s appeal over the red card received by goalkeeper Mahmoud Gennesh has reportedly been rejected by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
The White Knights secured qualification for the final of the CAF Confederation Cup with a 1-0 aggregate victory over Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel.
However, the return game in Sousse saw the Egyptian side lose goalkeeper Gennesh to a red card, meaning he is suspended for the first leg of the final against Morocco’s RS Berkane.
Gennesh’s dismissal was the result of two yellow cards, one for time wasting and the other for handling the ball outside of the penalty area.
Zamalek argue that Gennesh’s second yellow card was invalid as he did not touch the ball with his hands outside the box, prompting them to appeal to CAF’s disciplinary board.
Yet Moroccan reports this past weekend claim that the referee’s on-field decision has been upheld by CAF, leaving Gennesh ineligible for Zamalek’s match away to Berkane.
Gennesh’s replacement will be Emad El-Sayed, who has made only five appearances this season, with the last one coming in Zamalek’s 4-1 victory over Misr El-Makkasa in January.
In five games, El-Sayed has conceded seven goals while keeping one clean sheet, which came in the club’s 1-0 victory over second-division side Samanoud in the Egypt Cup.