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Tunisian press praise Africain win, scared of Shikabala

Tunisia’s club Africain 4-2 win over Zamalek is hailed by their domestic media on Monday as the press warns of Zamalek's Shikabala who could trouble the Tunisian side in the second-leg

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Monday 21 Mar 2011
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Tunisian newspapers are celebrating the momentous win of Club Africian over Egyptian giants Zamalek in the first-leg of the African Champions League round of 32.

The match had a unique, festive atmosphere as many celebrated the historic success of both countries popular uprisings which resulted in ouster of their presidents.

“The game was like a prominent event as it came after the two countries revolutionary success,” Assabah newspaper stated.

Zamalek’s poor defensive strategy paved the way for the hosts to seize the advantage after a 4-2 thrashing ahead of the second leg that will be played in Cairo in two weeks.

Assabah began its report about the game saying: “Africain players lost a precious chance to snatch a bigger win.”

Al-Chourouk newspaper affirmed that Africain’s victory over the Cairo giants was a victory inspired by the revolution.

Despite stressing that Africain’s mission in the second-leg will be easier, Al-Chourouk warned that the game will not be easy.

“It is a historical win over a great African club. The game in Cairo will not be easy, but the Africain strikers who scored four goals in Tunisia can do it again,”

Zamalek star Shikabala, who scored the opener for the White Knights’, was a major source of disturbance for the Tunisians. Al-Chourouk severely attacked Club Africain coach Kais Yacoubi for failing to stop the Egyptian international.

“Yacoubi failed to make the best use of his players to stop Shikabala. What happened in the game proves that the coach doesn’t know about the Egyptian talented player at all,” Al-Chourouk explained.

“They must mark Shikabala in the second-leg as he is a dangerous player who has the ability to disturb any defence,” the newspaper added.

The second leg will be held in Cairo on 2 April.

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