Zamalek’s line-up for the Champions League clash against Ahli will include a surprise, revealed assistant manager Ismail Youssef.
The eagerly-anticipated Cairo derby takes place on Sunday, with Zamalek looking to bounce back from a group-stage opening defeat when they take on leaders and arch-rivals Ahli.
“There will be a surprise in Zamalek’s line-up and I hope it works,” coach Youssef told FilGoal.com.
“Morale is very high within the team and the players are well-motivated to get a win, but concentration throughout the whole game is key.”
Despite Youssef’s optimism, Zamalek will have to do without star duo Amr Zaki and Shikabala, with the latter still at loggerheads with head coach Hassan Shehata.
Defense pair Salah Soliman and Hani Saied are also out, which leaves the Whites with very limited options at the back as well.