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Zakaria Nassef to KingFut: Cúper won’t succeed without the league
Former Egypt star Zakaria Nassef spoke to KingFut.com about some of the latest foreign managers in the Egyptian football scene, national team boss Héctor Cúper, Al Ahly’s Juan Carlos Garrido and Zamalek’s Jesualdo Ferreira.
Former Egypt international Zakaria Nassef expressed his content with national team manager Héctor Cúper’s start with the Pharaohs thus far, after the Argentine guided Egypt to a clean 2-0 friendly win over Equatorial Guinea on his first test. However, Nassef believes that without the Egyptian Premier League – which resumed at the end of March – he would not be able to succeed.
“The Egyptian Premier League will give him the chance to succeed with the national team. Without the league, he will not succeed. He needs to be given time for that.”
Al Ahly’s Spanish manager, Juan Carlos Garrido, has come under criticism lately for the team’s drop in form this season, seeing them in third place in the league table behind ENPPI and arch-rivals Zamalek, with over half the season played. Despite Garrido winning the Egyptian Premier League and CAF Confederation Cup on his debut season, former Al Ahly star Nassef has not been impressed.
“Juan Carlos Garrido didn’t provide anything to the club until now, and he played more than 30 matches with the team as a coach, only to win 50% of them,” Nassef said.
Nassef, who also played for Zamalek towards the end of his career, concluded by talking positively about former FC Porto manager Jesualdo Ferreira, who took the helm at the White Castle in February and has yet to lose a match: “He’s a good coach, but he’s still in his first steps with the White club.”