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Zizo admits Super Cup difficulty, welcomes the return of José

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Posted on October 6, 2015
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Al Ahly newly-appointed interim coach Abdel-Aziz Abdel-Shafy ‘Zizo’ asserted that the temporary technical team will have a tough mission in their upcoming game against Zamalek in the Egypt Super Cup.

Zizo is currently the Reds’ head coach following the sacking of Fathi Mabrouk and the director of football Alaa Abd El-Sadek due to a series of disappointing results which included a loss to arch-rivals Zamalek following an eight-year domination over derby matches.

Zizo said that despite the tough situation, he didn’t hesitate in accepting the position.

“That’s what we have learned at Al Ahly, when you’re asked to serve the club, you don’t hesitate, you accept the mission and then work on changing the situation,” he said.

Zizo, who will be leading the team in the derby on October 15, admitted that it will be a difficult match; for time is not in his favour, not to mention that 10 of Al Ahly’s players are on international duty.

“The Super Cup match will be difficult, but winning is not impossible. We do not have enough time to prepare for this match; the match will be in 9 days and some of our players have joined different divisions of the national team,” said Zizo.

The 64-year-old coach confirmed that Rami Rabia and Ahmed Hegazy, who have recently joined the team, will be added to the squad list, adding that Gedo and Abd El-Fadil might not be the released players.

“Two players will be released and they might not be Sherif Abd El-Fadil or Mohamed Nagy Gedo. This matter will be settled soon,” said Zizo.

The former Ahly player believes that the team can get through this tough period, adding that big teams experience such difficulties but they are able to turn things around promptly.

“Al Ahly players have the experience needed to pass this tough period. In football, big teams are liable to such challenging periods yet they are able to bounce back rapidly; Al Ahly’s history proves that they can make it through this time,” said Zizo.

“Losing championships in a season is not the end of the world; especially for the most decorated club in the world,” he added.

Zizo also welcomed the calls of the return of former Al Ahly coach Manuel Jose.

“I might have a say in deciding Al Ahly’s foreign coach; I have a number of CVs that will be presented to the officials,” revealed Zizo.

“Manuel José has a great history with Al Ahly, why would I refuse his return? He is welcomed of course for what he has done for the club,” he added.

As of the coaching staff, Zizo denied the rumors suggesting that former club legends Mohamed Abou Treika and Mohamed Barakat might hold a position in the new staff.

“Sayed Abd El-Hafiz is a strong candidate for the director of football position, and that’s why he’s nominated for the director of football position in the new technical staff which is currently being formed,” Zizo concluded.

Al Ahly’s caretaker commented on Fathi Mabourk’s statement days ago when he claimed that there was a conspiracy against him saying, “there are no conspiracies in Al Ahly, of course Mabrouk did not mean it that way.”

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