By Angu Lesley
Zamalek of Cairo’s El Supremo Mortada Mansour has announced the return of the club’s rare League and cup winning coach Manuel Jesualdo Ferreira who previously managed the club between February 2015- November 2015.
The 75-year old Portuguese tactician will return to the dugout of 13-time Egyptian Premier League winners for the first time since he felt out and left the club months after winning the double with them in 2015.
“We always look for the best and Ferreira is a serial winner,” Mansour said in a video on Zamalek’s social media handles.
Jesualdo will replace Frenchman Patrice Carteron who lost his job last week as a consequence of a run of unsatisfactory results in domestic and international competitions.
The trainer with an over 40-year career has coach the top three clubs in Portugal Viz; FC Porto, Benfica and Sporting CP but is also very popular in Cairo, having helped Zamalek win their 12th domestic title.
Zamalek is currently ranked third in the Egyptian Premier League, four points adrift leaders Pyramids SC after ten round of matches for both sides. Second-seeded Al Ahly sandwich both clubs with just a point short of the leaders.
The return of Manuel is a major addition to the already very competitive 18-clubs Egyptian League. He is also expected to overturn the club’s fortunes in the CAF Champions League as they occupy the third spot in Group D with just two points from three games.
Zamalek face El Gouna next Monday in a game the new gaffer could watch from the stance.
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