LIVE: Zamalek v Ittihad of Alexandria | July 6th 2017| Egyptian League
Match K.O. at 19:00 Cairo local time (GMT+2)
Venue: Borg El-Arab stadium, Alexandria
Ref: Mohamed Adel
Zamalek coach Augusto Inacio, whose job is hanging by a thread, will rest his key players for a meaningless Egyptian Premier League game against Ittihad of Alexandria on Thursday as the team prepare for a crunch African Champions League clash on Sunday.
Media reports initially said Zamalek’s outspoken chairman Mortada Mansour, known for his fiery temper, had immediately sacked Inacio following the team’s stunning 3-1 defeat by Zimbabwe’s Caps United in Harare earlier this week which left them facing elimination from the Champions League.
However, Mansour later said he had not yet made up his mind over whether to relieve the Portuguese boss of his duties.
Zamalek, runners up of last year’s edition, are at the bottom of Group B with five points, one behind Caps United and three adrift of joint leaders Ahli Tripoli and USM Alger.
They need to defeat Ahli Tripoli at home next weekend and hope Caps United do not overcome USM Alger in Algiers if they are to book a last-eight berth.
They face Ittihad in their penultimate league game on Thursday, only three days before the vital clash against Ahli Tripoli in Alexandria.
With a third-place finish and a CAF Confederation Cup place already assured, Zamalek have nothing to play for in their remaining two matches in the domestic league, which was won by arch-rivals Ahly.
Zamalek and Ahly clash in their last league match on 17 July.