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Wigan Athletic - Sunday Reaction 'The Zaki Affect`

Wigan Athletic - Sunday Reaction 'The Zaki Affect`

Latics met Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough yesterday in their latest preseason friendly and came away with an exciting 3-2 victory, the team had a good competitive run out and the new away kit was unveiled.

Significantly though an Egyptian loan signing scored the last goal of the game after coming on as a substitue with 30 minutes remaining, that Egyptian Amr Zaki could well turn out to be the most important player in the clubs history so far.

Zaki is a player with a massive reputation back in Egypt, he is a football superstar in his home land and an international with a fantastic strike rate, if he can carry that strike rate into the Premier League then no doubt the Latics will enjoy their best ever season.

The potential goes much farther than this and it needs the club to act now.

We have three players on board, Zaki and Hondurans Maynor Figueroa and Wilson Palacios who are massive personalities in their native lands and already this site alone has seen a very large increase in activity

We have been told that Wigan Athletic IS the biggest European club in Egypt and Honduras with the interest generated by our wonderful imports, we, the Latics, are now going Global, in a big way.

Wigan Athletic supporters have been increased by millions, when Palacios signed I for one couldn`t believe the interest from Catrachos (Hondurans) in our club but that has been dwarfed by the reaction to the signing of Amr Zaki.

Zaki is, I suppose, the David Beckham of Egypt and we know what the interest is in Becks, the club needs to tap this potential and ensure that Wigan Athletic, the Latics, is a name that flows off the tongue of our Egyptian friends

Yesterday was significant because it was the start of the future, a new chapter in the history of Wigan Athletic and this chapter will be called 'The Zaki Affect`

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Writer:Barry Worthington
Date:Sunday August 3 2008
Time: 11:43AM


Good read, worbo. I hope he'll be success in the PL. Good luck next season.
Fan of Blues
03/08/2008 11:48:00
Cheers Fan of the Blues...isnt it about time you left those pensioners behind and joined our merry band ;)
03/08/2008 11:53:00
No way!!! Chelsea all the way, but now with Zaki on your board, I'm starting to have a soft spot for Wigan. ;)
Fan of Blues
03/08/2008 11:55:00
lol I thought you already had a soft spot for us
03/08/2008 11:56:00
Well, it's a bigger spot now. ;)
Fan of Blues
03/08/2008 12:08:00
Don't want to be pedantic, but it should be "The Zaki Effect".
03/08/2008 12:59:00
No sarah you are not being pedantic but 'Affect' is what I want because it is Psychological rather than physical and therefore affecting the psyche of the club and the minds of football supporters around the world and their perception of Wigan Athletic so, you might be right you know......anyone else share some light on this
03/08/2008 13:24:00
Middle-aged pedant's response: Definitely should be "effect. "Affect" is a verb, so you can affect something, but the noun would be effect - so you could have "an effect" on something. Just to confuse matters further, you can effect something, but that means something completely different. Still who cares, we're all happy about Zaki - and we all hope Barry's right about the effect of the international publicity.
03/08/2008 15:01:00
should be effect but this is a football site not Oxford University Press so who cares?
03/08/2008 15:03:00
Amr Zaki is our hero..Trust me..He will score amny goals this season..i am sure about that..
03/08/2008 15:07:00
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