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Gross says Zamalek will fight to recover loss to RS Berkane

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Monday 20 May 2019
File Photo: Zamalek Swiss coach Christian Gross in Agadir, Morocco on April 7, 2019. (Photo: Zamalek's official Facebook page)
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Zamalek will be fighting to recover in their home game against Morocco's RS in the African Confederation Cup final, according to coach Christian Gross who promised to amend his team's mistakes and also to win the title despite Sunday's loss to the Moroccan team.

The Cairo giants dealt a late 1-0 loss to the Moroccans in the first leg in Berkane as the competition's leading scorer Fo Doh Laba scored the killer goal four minutes into the additional time to spark wild celebrations at the Berkane Municipal Stadium.

"I am very sad because of the late goal, but we are able to recover in the return match," Gross said in the press conference after the match.

Zamalek have no other choice but to win in the return match next Sunday at Alexandria's Borg El-Arab Stadium as they chase their first-ever Confederation Cup title.

"We will fight to win in Alexandria and clinch the title for the fans," the coach added.

"We were targeting a positive result in the first leg, but they managed to score in the dying minutes. 

"I promise the fans and club management to achieve a positive result in the second leg. We will amend our mistakes quickly," he concluded. 

The Whites, Zamalek, have not tasted any success on the continental stage since defeating Morocco's Wydad Casablanca in the African Super Cup in 2003.

Zamalek won the Champions League five times, second only to bitter rivals Ahly who won eight, but have never lifted the trophy of the Confederation Cup. They are making their first appearance in the final.

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