Last Update 12:24
Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Zamalek eye Champions League title despite tough group

Avoiding Ahly in the CAF Champions League group stage eases the pressure on us but we respect all teams in our group, Zamalek's football director says

Ahram Online , Tuesday 24 May 2016
Ayman Hefny of Egypt's Zamalek and Lyes Boukria and Morgan of Algeria's Mouloudia Olympique Bejaia in action during CAF African Champions League soccer match between Egypt's Zamalek abd Algeria's Mouloudia Olympique Bejaia in Petro Sport stadium in Egypt, 9/4/2016 (Reuters)
Views: 2084
Views: 2084

Zamalek's football director Ismail Youssef has said that the draw for the 2016 CAF Champions League group stage will not be easy for the Whites even though they will avoid arch-rivals Ahly.

"Group B is very tough but still but we are capable of making it into the semis and competing for the title too," Youssef told the club's official website minutes after the draw was released.

The CAF Champions League group stage draw was held on Tuesday afternoon at the confederation's headquarters in Cairo.

Group A merged Zesco of Zambia with Ahly (Egypt), ASEC Mimosas (Ivory Coast) and Wydad Athletic of Morocco while group B combined Enyimba (Nigeria), Zamalek (Egypt), ES Setif (Algeria) and Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa).

Ismail Youssef (Al-Ahram)

"We respect all opponents but we will remain optimistic and play to win."

"Avoiding Ahly eased the tension for both teams and would allow them to face-off in advanced stages," Youssef concluded.

Ahly have collected a series of African trophies including 8 Champions Leagues, one Confederation Cup and Six Super Cups while Zamalek have won 5 Champions Leagues and three Super Cups.

The record holders Ahly won the Champions League last time in 2013 while Zamalek's last title was in 2002.

(For more sports news and updates, follow Ahram Online Sports on Twitter at @AO_Sports and on Facebook at AhramOnlineSports.)



Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

© 2010 Ahram Online.