Zamalek players and technical staff are satisfied but still worried after their 1-0 home win over Ivory Coast’s Africa Sports in the first leg of the African Champions League round of 32 on Sunday.
"Victory is a relief but the away match is what concerns coach Hassan Shehata, who is considering canceling the Qatar camp to play friendly games in Egypt, instead,” Zamalek assistant coach Ismail Yussif said after the match.
The Whites were supposed to start a closed training camp after the continental clash to prepare for the second leg.
“Our players delivered a really humble performance, but still, satisfactory, considering football competitions are suspended in Egypt," Yussif insisted.
No football activities in the country under revolution since 1 February, when more than 70 Ahly fans were killed in Port Said Stadium after a Masry Egypt League match, under suspicious circumstances.
The team’s captain, goalkeeper Abdel-Wahed El-Sayed asserted that "players promised to do their best - and they did." He also blamed the League's downtime, especially as "friendlies are not like regular matches."
The veteran striker Amr Zaki praised his teammates’ solid performance, especially Benin striker, Razak Omotoyossi, who scored the solitary goal. Zaki also referred to the injuries of midfielder Mahmoud Abdel-Razik, aka Shikabala, who didn’t fully recover.
"I am really optimistic that we can make it in the away game," Zaki concluded.
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