I’m staying here – Zamalek’s Carteron

I’m staying here – Zamalek’s Carteron
Patrice Carteron, head coach of Zamalek

by Graeme Jackson

Monday Nov 22, 2021. 16:00

Zamalek coach Patrice Carteron has insisted that he has no plans of leaving the Cairo giants any time soon.

The White Knights claimed a much-needed 2-0 win over Ismaily in the Egyptian Premier League this past weekend, recovering from their emphatic defeat to Al Ahly prior to the international break.

Zamalek’s slow start to the 2021-22 season has raised speculation that their French tactician could be leaving the club due to growing pressure, but he insists he is going nowhere.

“I’m very happy and comfortable here. I’m 100% Zamalkawy,” Carteron is quoted by KingFut.

He added, “The most important thing after the last match was to give the players confidence. We had a difficult match against Ismaily in their stadium, where our rivals didn’t come to. I’m happy with the performance.

“The changes I made in the formation show my confidence in the entire group. I thank the president of the club for his efforts in renewing the contracts of the players, the last of whom are Abdallah Gomaa and Emam Ashour.

“Abdallah Gomaa is a very good and versatile player. He’s able to help the team in more than one position.

“I’m happy with his performance in today’s match at right-back, and his participation came after his performances in training during the recent period.

“We preferred not to play Mathlouthi because he recently returned from the Tunisian national team training camp.

“I gave my instructions to the trio, Ahmed Sayed Zizo, Achraf Bencharki, and Mostafa Fathi to switch positions during the match. Bencharki is a great player, even if he wasn’t at his best recently.”

Zamalek will be back in Egyptian Premier League action this evening when they host National Bank in Cairo.

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