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Zamalek Coach: We Are Defending The Title

Zamalek head coach Patrice Carteron says this Egyptian Premier League season is going to be a tough one, especially with their transfer ban.

Read: 'The Egyptian Premier League Is The Strongest In Africa'

The White Knights began the defence of their league title with a 2-0 win over ENPPI on Tuesday evening thanks to goals from Ahmed Sayed and Omar El Said.

While Al Ahly bolstered their squad with five new players, Zamalek are unable to do so for the next two transfer windows due to their debt issues.

Despite the ban in place, Carteron has insisted his side will go all out to claim back-to-back league titles for the first time since 2004.

"We are defending the title. To win again, we have to use all our tools and every player has a role," he said at a press conference, as per KingFut.

"This edition of the Egyptian Premier League is going to be a tough one, all teams have supported their ranks.

"Multiple big clubs have suffered a similar ban, including Chelsea. We have a lot of talented players that can do well."

The French tactician also played down reports about taking up a director role with the club.

"I am managing the team well, I don't know why people want me to include a football director," he added.

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