Monday Aug 24, 2020. 09:00
Zamalek manager Patrice Carteron says his side will not give up on the Egyptian Premier League title race after their victory over log leaders and Cairo derby rivals Al Ahly this past weekend.
The White Knights claimed a 3-1 victory on Saturday evening thanks to goals from Ahmed ‘Zizo’ Sayed, Mostafa Mohamed and Osama Faisal, while Yasser Ibrahim netted the Red Devils’ consolation.
The result sees Zamalek climb to second on the log standings, though Ahly still have a commanding lead – 14 points – with 13 rounds of the season remaining.
“We secured a precious win over a big team. Everyone knows how the Cairo derby is always a strong one,” the 50-year-old coach Carteron said after the match, as quoted by Ahram Online.
“We won’t give up competing for the league title, but we should be realistic that we are currently competing for second place. We will fight until the end and we are fully fit for the coming period,” he added.
Carteron also commented on left-back Mohamed Abdel-Shafi, who sustained what looked to be a serious arm injury and left Zamalek to finish the match with 10 men.
“The injury is a difficult one. I am not satisfied with what happened with such an important player and I prefer not to talk anymore about the player, who could be sidelined for a long time,” he concluded.