FILE - Mortada Mansour - Photo courtesy of Zamalek official website
CAIRO – 2 August 2018: Zamalek players were fined LE 100,000 each after their disappointing draw against Petrojet at the Egyptian League opening, according to Zamalek Club’s President Mortada Mansour.
Zamalek players failed to achieve their first victory under the command of their new manager Christian Gross.
“Our performance was very good against Petrojet but I decided to fine the players after they missed more than 10 clear chances to score and achieve victory,” Mansour told the press after the game.
Zamalek were the better side in the game with Mahmoud Abdel-Monem known as Kahraba and Ayman Hefny leading Zamalek’s attacks.
Zamalek missed their veteran midfielder, Tarek Hamed, for cards accumulation from last season and Mahmoud Abdel-Aziz was the only defensive midfielder at Zamalek’s starting line-up.
Petrojet had two clear chances to score through their Ethiopian striker Shimelis Bekele.
“At his first game, Gross had great influence on the team’s performance and I believe everything will be better in the next games,” Mansour added.
Zamalek’s players hope to reconcile their fans after a disastrous run at the League last season as they finished the competition in fourth position.
Zamalek will face Al Ittihad Alexandria on Saturday at the second fixture of the League.