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Taher, Zizo and players react to Super Cup win
Two penalties from Abdallah El-Said led Al Ahly to a 3-2 victory over rivals Zamalek, a win that generated many different reactions inside the Red Devils’ camp.
Al Ahly interim coach Abdel-Aziz ‘Zizo’ Abdel-Shafy was full of confidence after his first ever victory over Zamalek as a coach.
“Winning the Super Cup is just a start for the new season,” Zizo told a reporter after the game.
“Al Ahly’s players, with their great experience, are capable to play in difficult circumstances.”
He also commented on Ramadan Sobhy standing on the ball during the game, confirming that the youngster will be punished.
“Sobhy will be fined for his behavior during the game,” the 67-year-old said in the post-match news conference.
President Mahmoud Taher expressed his thoughts after the game, thanking the hosts in the process.
“The atmosphere was amazing, I felt like we were playing at our very own [Mokhtar El-] Tetsh Stadium. The fans situation in Egypt is very important, the Minister of Interior Affairs told me he hopes to see 70,000 fans in the stands next season,” he said.
Defender Rami Rabia said that his side’s victory over Zamalek is just things going back to ‘normal’.
“This is Al Ahly’s normal status; Al Ahly has always been number one. Zamalek are a big club, but it’s normal for Ahly to collect trophies,” the 22-year-old said.
Man-of-the-match Hossam Ghaly also had a few words of his own.
“This trophy’s value is significant because it was won against our rivals, Zamalek,” he enthused.
“We needed this win after a dissipating season and losing two titles against the White Knights.”
The 33-year-old also commented on Ramadan Sobhy’s controversial ‘skill’.
“As a leader, I always try to help the younger players in such situations. I was young once and the more experienced players always transferred their experience to myself and others. That’s what I do now, as the team’s oldest player,” he concluded.
Saleh Gomaa, who hasn’t been featuring for his side often since his move to Al Ahly, confirmed that he is not upset over not being a regular starter for the Reds.
“It doesn’t matter who starts, my role is to continue the path of the club’s big players. Every player among the squad just has one goal, to stay number one,” the Egyptian international said on TV.
Evouna also took the chance to express his happiness after his first title with Al Ahly.
“I am extremely happy to win my first title with Al Ahly and beating Zamalek. I love you so much,” he exclaimed.
Al Ahly’s win will certainly boost the players’ morale before the Egyptian Premier League kicks off later this week, as they prepare to ‘host’ Tala’a El-Gaish on the 22nd of October.