Egyptian Zamalek scouts for new Coach

Zamalek's Chairman, Mortada Mansour

Egyptian giants Zamalek, runners-up in the 2016 African Champions League, are looking for their seventh coach this year, after Moamen Soliman and his technical staff left the Cairo club.

The news came following Zamalek’s narrow 1-0 victory over Al Masry in the Egyptian league on Friday.

After the win, Zamalek chairman Mortada Mansour expressed his anger at the team’s performance, telling Egyptian media his team did not deserve the three points.

Mansour then held a meeting with Soliman on Saturday, before the coach decided to leave the club.

Soliman, who took charge of Zamalek in August, guided the club to victory in the Egypt Cup and then took Zamalek to the African Champions League final where they lost to Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa last month.

Despite that defeat, Mansour – who has used six coaches this year – had backed Soliman, saying he would stay in his role “until the end of the season,” even though Soliman had pledged to resign if they lost to Sundowns.

On leaving Zamalek, Soliman said he was grateful to the club, though he stressed he had faced difficult circumstances in recent games.

“I’m happy for the time I spent with Zamalek and I want to thank the board and the fans,” Soliman said.

“I faced many problems in the last week as I lost three players to injury that affected us badly in the last match,” Soliman added.

In announcing Soliman’s departure, the club’s board also confirmed they have started to look for another coach to lead the team.

Zamalek Coaches in 2016

  • Marcos Paqueta: December 2015 – 3 January 2016
  • Mido: 3 January – 9 February
  • Mohamed Salah: 9 February – 27 February
  • Alex McLeish: 27 February – 2 May
  • Mohammed Helmy: 2 May – 27 July
  • Moamen Soliman: 30 July – 5 November