CAIRO: Zamalek will be focusing on claiming all three points when they play against Ismaili like they always do, according to assistant coach Sami Al-Sheshini.
The White Knights, who held arch-rivals Ahly to a goalless draw in Thursday s Cairo derby, could play a pivotal role in determining the Egyptian Premier League winner.
They will next face league leaders Ismaili, the club whom they enjoy a good relationship with.
Rumors suggested that Zamalek would be lenient against Ismaili to give them the chance to deny Ahly from winning a fifth consecutive league title.
I can assure all people that this will not happen, Al-Sheshini told reporters after Zamalek s draw with Ahly.
We will try to maintain our recent fine displays and beat Ismaili.
Ismaili, who won the last of their three league titles in 2002, are on top of the table with 54 points, one ahead of second-placed Ahly who have an extra game in hand.
Al-Sheshini was full of praise for Zamalek s defense, who kept Ahly forwards at bay throughout the game.
Our defenders marked Ahly forwards very well. The midfielders also played a key role in containing our opponents, he added.