CAF CC - Hamed, Zamalek’s “Lionheart”

CAF CC - Hamed, Zamalek’s “Lionheart”
26 May 2019 12:43

His presence in midfield sends comforting messages to the White Knights die-hard fans, while painting an intimidating atmosphere to opponents. His agility and versatility is one of the key factors behind Zamalek recent success on the continental level, and his presence is always important for the men in white.

 

Tarek Hamed, or “Lionheart” as fondly called by Zamalek supporters is one of the White Knights most reliable weapons in their quest for this season’s Total CAF Confederation Cup title.

 

The Cairo giants welcome Moroccan side, RS Berkane to Alexandria on Sunday for the second leg. Zamalek needs to overturn their away 1-0 defeat to lift the second tier continental competition for the first time in their 108-year history. Doing so will also end a 16-year hiatus since the White Knights last won a continental trophy, the CAF Super Cup in 2003.

 

Born in Cairo, Hamed started his youth career at army club, Talaea El Gaish club. In 2010 he moved to Alexandria based Smouha, guiding the newly promoted side to a runner-up spot in both Egyptian Premier League and Egypt Cup in the 2013-2014 season, and capturing eyes of Egypt’s big guns at that time. He eventually signed for Zamalek in September 2014.

 

Since joining the White Knights, Hamed has played a key role in the White Knights defensive midfield. Despite being labelled aggressive, he has captured Zamalek fans hearts with his determination and hard work.

 

The 30-year old midfielder has won five trophies with Zamalek (one Egyptian Premier League, three Egyptian Cups and one Egyptian Super Cup). He has risen to become a key player in the Egyptian national team as he donned the Pharaohs shirt in 32 caps. Hamed was among Egypt’s squad that featured in last year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

 

Heading to the much awaited final, Hamed will - as usual – be one of the keys Zamalek supporters are waiting to help their side claim their first ever CAF Confederation Cup title.

 

The “Lionheart” with the number 3 on his back will be the one to look for in Borg El Arab.

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