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Al Ahly’s Marcel Koller confirms Mohamed Elshenawy’s return for Zamalek clash


Al Ahly’s head coach Marcel Koller has confirmed that veteran goalkeeper Mohamed Elshenawy will be returning to the squad for the upcoming match against Zamalek SC in the Egyptian Premier League.

Mohamed Elshenawy’s unexpected absence from the lineup during Al Ahly’s recent match against El Dakhleya (12th round) raised many eyebrows.

Addressing the speculation, Swiss manager Marcel Koller clarified the situation, explaining that he had personally decided to rest the 35-year-old goalkeeper.

The decision was influenced by the intense pressure Elshenawy had faced in recent matches, both with the national team and during the Premier League encounter with Al Masry (26th round).

Koller elaborated on his rationale, stating, “I spoke with Mohamed Elshenawy and explained to him the situation and that I need him to rest so that he can withstand the terrible pressure of the matches that we have, like the rest of the players.

Elshenawy is a great historical goalkeeper for the club. He accepted it perfectly and he understood it. He will be with us in the next match against Zamalek SC.”

Elshenawy had endured several months on the sidelines after dislocating his shoulder during the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023 while representing Egypt.

His recent return saw him start against Al Masry, marking his first appearance since recovering from the injury. Known for his experience and reliability, Elshenawy remains a pivotal figure for the Red Devils.

The return of Elshenawy is timely for Al Ahly, who are preparing for one of their most significant fixtures of the season against arch-rivals Zamalek SC.

The goalkeeper’s presence is expected to bolster the team’s defense and provide much-needed stability at the back.

His leadership and experience are invaluable assets as Al Ahly aims to secure a crucial victory in their pursuit of the Premier League title.

Elshenawy’s journey back to fitness has been closely monitored by fans and analysts alike. His absence had been felt, and his return is anticipated to inject confidence into the squad.

Known for his shot-stopping abilities and commanding presence, Elshenawy has been a stalwart for both club and country over the years.

As Al Ahly prepares to face Zamalek, all eyes will be on Elshenawy to see if he can replicate his past performances and help his team secure three vital points.

This match not only has significant implications for the league standings but also for the morale of the team as they navigate the latter stages of the season.

In conclusion, Mohamed Elshenawy’s return is a major boost for Al Ahly.

Coach Marcel Koller’s strategic decision to rest his star goalkeeper appears to be a calculated move aimed at ensuring Elshenawy is in peak condition for the crucial fixtures ahead.

Fans will be eagerly awaiting the clash with Zamalek, hopeful that their veteran goalkeeper can make a decisive impact.

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