Friday Jul 31, 2020. 11:00
Zamalek manager Patrice Carteron says he is not happy to complete the 2019-20 Egyptian Premier League (EPL) season, saying the congested schedule will put too much pressure on the players.
The EPL campaign was suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, but is set to resume next weekend.
Carteron, who has managed at other African heavyweight clubs such as TP Mazembe, Al Ahly and Raja Casablanca, believes Egyptian football would have been better served scrapping the campaign and working towards a fresh start in 2020-21.
“Like most managers, I didn’t want the league to resume because it will result in congested fixtures and us not finishing the league campaign in time,” Carteron said in a press conference, as quoted by King Fut.
“We wanted a new season so that we can finish it at an appropriate time without having a busy schedule that would put so much pressure on the players.
“There’s no point in finishing the current league season in such a short amount of time but we’re forced to play our remaining games because if we don’t, the club will receive sanctions.”
He added, “We will use these games to prepare for the [CAF] Champions League.”
Zamalek will face Raja Casablanca in the semifinals of the continental competition, set for September.