Zamalek to participate in friendly tournament in Bahrain
In a step to prepare for the Egyptian Super Cup match between Al Ahly and Zamalek, the Whites have decided to participate in a friendly tournament later this month in Bahrain.
The tournament will see Zamalek face Tunisian side Sfaxien, Derry City from Ireland and a team yet to be named between Al Raed from Saudi Arabia or Sudanese side Hilal.
The tournament is expected to take place between January 15-22, with teams arriving two days earlier.
Zamalek, however, will be without goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shennawy, defenders Ahmed Dweidar and Ali Gabr and midfielders Tarek Hamed and Ibrahim Salah as they will be on international duty with Egypt at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.
The tournament will see the clubs face each other in a round-robin format with the team with the highest points winning the event. Matches will be held on January 15, 19 and 22.
Zamalek president, Mortada Mansour confirmed the team will take part in three training camps abroad through an interview on ON SPORTS.
“The team will fly to Bahrain followed by Morocco and then will travel to the UAE where Al Wehda club will host us for 10 days before the Super Cup,” Mansour said.
The tournament is being organised by the Egyptian company Modern Sports as part of their efforts to increase sports activities between the two countries.
“We want to get back to football activities in Bahrain. It is happening all around the region at the moment with Dubai and Doha hosting international teams,” said BFA secretary general Hassan Ismail.
“Whether Zamalek or Sfaxien, the clubs do have a wide following here in Bahrain and they are big.
“The tournament will be useful for all the teams involved because of the competitive nature of these clubs,” he added.
Ismail also said that BFA refused to recommend a Bahraini team to take part in the tournament as it could be seen as favouring a particular club or team.
“BFA president Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa had requested that we do not let any Bahraini team take part in the tournament as it would be seen us preferring a team over the rest,” he concluded.
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