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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: worbo Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 3 2008

Time: 11:43AM

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Good read, worbo. I hope he'll be success in the PL. Good luck next season.
Fan of Blues
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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 ;)
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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
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03/08/2008 11:55:00

lol I thought you already had a soft spot for us
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03/08/2008 11:56:00

Well, it's a bigger spot now. ;)
Fan of Blues
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03/08/2008 12:08:00

Don't want to be pedantic, but it should be "The Zaki Effect".
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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
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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.
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03/08/2008 15:01:00

should be effect but this is a football site not Oxford University Press so who cares?
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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..
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03/08/2008 15:07:00

Well affect or effect, I suspect, that Zaki will inject, into the Latics, some fanatics, that will see our clubs tactics, be discussed by the masses, of catrachos and pharoahs, that now elect, to follow our sect, and is it al due to the Zaki effect, that had an affect?
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03/08/2008 16:28:00

I didn't mean to offend - was just pointing it out! Just thought you might want to change it that's all as it's a glaring error. I think you're right about Zaki though - it's a great opportunity for the club to raise its profile it countries like Egypt, Honduras and Ecuador. The main problem is though about how they can actually go about doing that given the limited resources of the commercial/marketing team as it is. I'm sure it isn't half the size of a lot of other Premier League clubs. Perhaps the best marketing tool could happen on the pitch - I'm sure if we have a decent start and Zaki can get on the scoresheet week-in week-out then it will generate even more interest. A South American or African tour next summer wouldn't do any harm either. Alternatively, I don't think it would hurt if Whelan brought in an external branding company which has the experience and knowledge of how to raise Wigan's profile outside of the UK. As for Zaki though, I thought he looked promising yesterday. He seems strong, willing to get stuck in and always looking to get on the end of things. There also seemed to be lots of passion there which has been lacking in other strikers we've had in recent years - notably in Camara and King. Dare I say it, but Zaki looks to be in the Graeme Jones mould - just hope he can get the goals that Jonesy scored!
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03/08/2008 23:51:00

No offence taken sarah, being a teacher I am usually the one correcting gramar! though I must stress I aint no English teacher
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04/08/2008 00:45:00

Which subject do you teach, worbo?
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04/08/2008 01:38:00

Hey lactics fans Greetings from Egypt, Zaki is not the egyptian beckham hes one of the best strikers in egypt this list includes zidan of hamburg and miso of boro but he is a fantastic player he wont stop so u really have a catch there.If u want to see our beckham just search for abu trieka if u get this guy i wont be surprised if the lactics won the premiership hes the kind of player that raises the performance of the rest of the team sort of like zidan of france but anyay congrats u took one of our best look out for egypt 2010.
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04/08/2008 10:28:00

That's funny how oozie123 said Wigan would win the title if they got Abu Trieka...Au Trieka is a great play maker (the best for the last 3 years in Egypt) but he does not have the pace to play in the premiership, especially after all the knee surgeries he had...He is a very skilled player though!
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04/08/2008 18:02:00


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