What they said after Zamalek defeated Ahly to win Egypt Cup

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El Zamalek celebrate with the trophy after winning their Egyptian Cup finals derby soccer match against Al Ahly at Petro Sport stadium inZamalek won 2-0 on Monday to clinch their third successive Egypt Cup from archrivals Ahly.Thanks to striker Bassem Morsi’s goals in the 11th and 34th minutes, the Whites victory marked the league winners’ first domestic double (League and Cup titles) since 1988.

There will be no rest for the two Cairo giants as Zamalek will face Tunisian Etoile Sportive de Sahel in Tunisia on Sunday in the first-leg of the Confederation Cup semis one day after Ahly will take on the Orlando Pirates in South Africa in the same round.

Zamalek players celebrate

Zamalek players celebrate after Basem Morsi scores during their Egyptian Cup soccer match against Al Ahly at the Petrosport Stadium in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015 (AP)

Ahram Online collected some reactions from players in the Egyptian media after the game:

Former Egypt and Ahly star Mohamed Abou-Treika:

 

“Congratulations to Zamalek for winning with their efforts, not anything else. It’s a season to forget for Ahly. Time is short to prepare for the next game. We are with you and trust you.”

 

Zamalek goalkeeper Mahmoud Abdel-Rehim ‘Gennesh’

Zamalek goalkeaper Mahmoud Genish

Zamalek goalkeaper Mahmoud Genish (R) celebrate with the trophy after winning their Egyptian Cup finals derby soccer match against Al Ahly at Petro Sport stadium in Cairo, Egypt, September 21, 2015 (Reuters)

“Hossam Ghaly’s absence [due to injury] really affected Ahly’s performance. Abdullah El-Saeed was alone in the midfield and it was easy for us to block his through passes.”

 

Zamalek midfielder Ibrahim Salah

Zamalek midfielder Ibrahim Salah

Zamalek midfielder Ibrahim Salah (Photo: Al-Ahram)

“Tarek Hamed [his teammate] is one of the best players in Zamalek and Egypt and he played a great game against Ahly.”

 

Zamalek coach Jesualdo Ferreira

Ferreira

Coach of El Zamalek, Jesualdo Ferreira of Portugal, reacts during their Egyptian Cup finals derby soccer match against Al Ahly at Petro Sport stadium in Cairo, Egypt, September 21, 2015 (Reuters)

“We had the upper hand in the first half and we could have ended it scoring three goals. In the second half Ahly became better but even under that pressure we were able to score another goal.”

 

Zamalek striker Ahmed Hassan Mekky:

Zamalek striker Ahmed Hassan Mekky

Zamalek striker Ahmed Hassan Mekky (Photo: Al-Ahram)

“I dedicate the Egypt Cup win to Zamalek’s 20 martyrs who died [in a stampede in February] at the Air Defence stadium and for the loyal Zamalek fans who are thirsty for more championships.”

 

Zamalek midfielder Ahmed Tawfik:

Ahmed Tawfik

Ahmed Tawfik (L) of El Zamalek fights for the ball with Hussien El Saied of Al Ahly during their Egyptian Cup finals derby soccer match at Petro Sport stadium in Cairo, Egypt, September 21, 2015 (Reuters)

“The board is strongly supporting the team and we are targeting the trio with winning the African Confederation Cup.”

 

Ahly coach Fathi Mabrouk:

Al-Ahly

Al-Ahly’s coach Fathi Mabrouk (Reuters)

“I am sad to lose the Egypt Cup title. We made many defencive mistakes due to missing experienced players. Ahly still have a chance to please fans this season by winning the Egypt Super Cup and the African Confederation Cup.”

 

Zamalek defender Mohamed Koffi

“I would like to send my apologies to captain Emad Meteb because if I had his number I would call myself, the great good healing Meteb. Sorry brother.”

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