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Zamalek easily win Confed Cup opener in first match since football disaster

Zamalek mark the debut of coach Jesualdo Ferreira with an easy 3-1 home win over Rwanda's Rayon Sports in Confederation Cup opener in their first match since last month's Cairo football disaster

Eslam Omar , Sunday 15 Mar 2015
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Egypt's Zamalek opened their CAF Confederation Cup campaign with a 3-1 home victory over Rwanda's Rayon Sports in the first leg of the competition's round of 32 as they returned to action following last month's football disaster which left 20 of their fans dead.

The Zamalek supporters died of stampede after being tear-gassed by security forces, who attempted to prevent them from attending an Egyptian Premier League against ENPPI at the army-owned Air Defence Stadium on 8 February.

Domestic competition has been suspended since but action was restored in African competitions, with Zamalek taking part in Africa's secondary club competition for the first time since 1999.

Sunday's match at home to Rayon Sports took place in the Red Sea resort of El-Gouna due to security concerns, with Portuguese coach Jesualdo Ferreira making his debut after replacing fellow countryman Jaime Pacheco, who left the club in an acrimonious manner after falling out with outspoken chairman Mortada Mansour.  

To honour the victims of the February disaster, Zamalek players wore shirts with black prints, with "Remember 20" written on them.

Winger Ahmed Eid put the hosts in front when he converted a seventh-minute penalty before an own goal by Emmanuel Imanishimwe, who inadvertently put a cross-cum-shot  from Ahmed Tawfik into his own net, doubled their advantage on 37 minutes.

Eid scored his second of the night with an easy far-post header from a Hazem Emam cross on the stroke of halftime to make it 3-0 before being substituted after picking up an injury. Rayon pulled one back on 53 minutes with a low shot from Isaac Muganza.

Zamalek had to thank goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shennawy for saving a penalty in the 32nd minute.

The White Knights are taking part in the Confederation Cup after finishing third in Premier League last season.

In their last appearance in the old CAF Cup in 1999, they were eliminated from the semi final. Their traditional rivals Ahly became the first Egyptian side to win the Confederation Cup after beating Ivory Coast's Sewe Sport in the final last year.

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