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Ololade Adewuyi/TELL/Twenty Ten

Headline: Africa’s ailing super club gambles on foreign exiles

Date: 20090930
Location: Sonesta Hotel, Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt
Article Synopsis: The Zamalek Sports Club, one of the biggest teams in Africa has experienced a slump in fortunes for the past five yearsand hopes to stem its fall by bringing in foreign talents into the team.
Opening Paragraph: “No, no, no! I’m not speaking to you!” says Henri Michel, storming past a gaggle of reporters and jumping into his sleek black Chrysler.

Keywords: Cairo, Africa, Zamalek, football, League, Champions League, Egypt, Mido, Amr Zaki, Henri Michel, Giza, Pharaohs, Egyptian Football League

Language: English
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AFRICA’S AILING SUPER-CLUB GAMBLES ON FOREIGN EXILES

By OLOLADE ADEWUYI



“No, no, no! I’m not speaking to you!” says Henri Michel, storming past a gaggle of reporters and jumping into his sleek black Chrysler.

The question that everyone wants answered is left hanging in the air – is Egyptian football team Zamalek SC merely going through a bad patch… or is it in the grip of a full-blown crisis?

The behaviour of its French coach suggests that all is not well at the once-mighty club. It is not every day that a man of Michel’s stature is so easily rattled. Clearly, the pressure is on.

Zamalek and Cairo neighbours and bitter rivals Al Ahly have been vying for the title of Africa ’s most feared side for years. The past five seasons, however, have seen Al Ahly crowned as Egyptian champions, while Zamalek have drifted relentlessly down the league table.

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