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Al-Sayed welcomes squad overhaul

CAIRO: Zamalek keeper Abdel-Wahed Al-Sayed welcomes the prospect of a squad overhaul if that would help the team get their league campaign back on track. Many Zamalek fans hoped the Cairo giants would focus on their domestic task following their embarrassing exit from the Champions League. But Zamalek continued their dismal form instead and their …


CAIRO: Zamalek keeper Abdel-Wahed Al-Sayed welcomes the prospect of a squad overhaul if that would help the team get their league campaign back on track.

Many Zamalek fans hoped the Cairo giants would focus on their domestic task following their embarrassing exit from the Champions League.

But Zamalek continued their dismal form instead and their latest 3-1 league defeat to Olympic was the straw that broke the camel s back.

Several pundits called on Zamalek s board to layoff the below-par players and start relying on youngsters.

Zamalek s vice captain Al-Sayed does not have problems with that solution but only if it proves effective.

If the fans believe that dismissing the current crop of players will be useful then everyone should leave, including me, he told FilGoal.com on Wednesday.

We might lose many points if we played with the youth team but at least we will be building a team for the future, he added.

Although Al-Sayed admitted that Zamalek players are to blame for the disappointing results, he did not justify the fans insults towards them.

Yes, we are performing badly but the fans aren t excused. They shouldn t behave like that.

Al-Sayed, who regained his status as Zamalek s first-choice guardian after recovering from a serious injury, said that the club s board is yet to open talks with him over a contract extension.

I didn’t sit down with any board member to discuss the possibility of extending my stay, said Al-Sayed.

I will only stay if Zamalek need me. Otherwise, I will leave, he added.

The 31-year-old s current deal ends in the summer and rumors suggested that Zamalek s arch-rivals Ahly are interested in acquiring his services.

Amir Abdel-Hamid did not impress since replacing Essam Al-Hadari as Ahly s regular goalie following the latter s abrupt departure to Swiss side Sion.

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