ACCC: Zamalek Hockey Club eager to emulate their football counterparts

The Egyptian side is set to face Butali Warriors on Saturday in the ongoing Africa Cup for Club Champions

The Zamalek Sporting Club is well known in the country, region and continent for its performance in the Egyptian football league and CAF matches. The Giza based club is one of the most successful clubs in Africa having won accolades in the more than one hundred years of its existence.

Their brothers, the Zamalek Hockey Club has been doing duty in Nairobi in the Africa Cup of Club Champions tournament that started on Monday and is set to end on Sunday.

Although the hockey outfit is not well known unlike the football side, the team is in Nairobi to make itself a name in the continent. To achieve this, the club’s midfielder Amr Elhady believes that a third place finish will spur them stardom just like the White Knights.

Elhady who watched his side beat Kenyan side Western Jaguars 1-0 in the penultimate group stage game played on Friday evening said finishing inside the top three bracket will suffice. The midfielder who could not be called for duty thanks to an injury said grabbing a medal in Nairobi will be a good starting their bid to become continental hockey giants.

Zamalek are ranked third with nine points, a tally similar to that of Kenyan champions Butali Warriors whom they will faced off on Saturday in the final group stage match. Exchequers of Ghana top the log with ten points and will face Jaguars tomorrow.

“I am not surprised to see that the Zamalek football club and President Mortada are famous in Kenya. It is the success they have achieved over the years that makes them popular. We want to follow suit and make the hockey side known and followed as well. We share the same sponsors with the football side although we are stationed in different camps,” he said.

Mohamed Elsayed’s penalty corner in the 24th minute settled the contest against Jaguars who were guilty of flapping clear cut chances especially in the final quarter.

Jaguars head coach Michael Malungu once again insisted on the need by Kenyan teams to work on their art of scoring.

The best team lost because we could not score from the chances we created. I have observed that Kenyan teams are good in progressing the ball but not clinical in finishing,” he said.


Source: | February 17, 2023