Zamalek beat Ismaily 2-0 in their previous Egyptian Premier League game (Photo: official club Twitter account)
Mansour, an outspoken and controversial lawyer, was suspended exactly one year ago for financial irregularities, with two interim committees having taken over the club since.
Although Zamalek beat all the chances of winning the title of champion in Cairo, Ahly, his eternal rival from Cairo last season, they were beset with a myriad of problems due to lack of sufficient funds.
The club have been banned by FIFA from registering new players for two transfer windows, which has seen them enter the new season without any signatures, and they risk further penalties if they fail to settle multiple cases. ongoing with former players and coaches.
Under Mansour, Zamalek seemed financially stable but his departure exposed catastrophic administrative errors made during his reign that plunged the club into serious trouble.
Prosecutor’s investigations failed to identify any financial irregularities, however, paving the way for his return, just two months before Zamalek was due to hold new board elections.
French coach Patrice Carteron, the mastermind behind Zamalek’s league success last season, still stabilizes the ship, the team maintaining a strong run that was interrupted by a stunning 5-3 loss to Ahly in the Cairo derby in Beginning of the month.
They are three points behind Ahly after four games, their fierce opponents having garnered the maximum points.
The NBE club have always proven to be a badass since they sealed their promotion to the top flight last season, and they should provide a tough test for Zamalek, given their strong defensive performances.
They occupy ninth place in the table with six points from four matches.
Zamalek will have to do without Moroccan star winger Achraf Bencharki, who injured his ankle in the recent 2-0 win over Ismaily, when the team needed late goals from Ahmed Zizo and Omar El -Said to win the three points.
Seasoned right-back Hazem Emam is back after serving a four-game suspension.