Helmi: “Zamalek await winning the Super Cup for a long time” | CAIRO DERBY
The Cairo Derby in Egypt Super Cup will take place in the UAE on Friday, February 10th for the second time.
“Zamalek await winning the Super Cup for a long time. We need godspeed against Ahly as this is the only thing we miss against them,” Helmi told Abu Dhabi TV channel.
Zamalek’s international trio Tarek Hamed, Ibrahim Salah and Ali Gabr have joined the club’s current training camp in the UAE after ending their participation in the African Cup of Nations. Egypt lost in Sunday’s final against Cameroon.
“Sure, our international players are influential for us. They were rested Tuesday and we will discuss Wednesday their availability for trainings as they still need to sleep and rest,” Helmi explained.
Zamalek’s skipper and star winger Mahmoud Shikabala has been left out of the squad that will play the derby amid a reported bust-up with the coach. But new signing striker Hossam ‘Paolo’ Salama could make the difference against the Reds.
“Shikabala is a very important player but it was difficult to include him into the squad as he is out of action for almost a month due to injury. He remains an important player but his return should be in the right way,” said coach Helmi.
“Paolo is a strong scorer who gets the most use of opportunities to hit the net. He adapted quickly to the team and could bring good things against Ahly,” he added.
Watch the full interview with Zamalek coach Mohamed Hemli on ON Sports TV Egypt