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Zamalek players test negative for COVID-19 ahead of Raja clash; Bencharki ready for game

Zamalek are bidding for their sixth Champions League title and the first since they defeated Raja 1-0 on aggregate in a two-legged final in 2002

Mahmoud Elassal , Thursday 15 Oct 2020
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All Zamalek's players have tested negative for COVID-19 after undergoing PCR tests ahead of the game against Morocco's Raja in the semifinal of the CAF Champions League on Sunday.

The White Knights are scheduled to face Morocco's Raja in the first leg of the competition's semis on Sunday, with the second leg scheduled to take place six days later in Cairo.

"All Zamalek crew underwent PCR tests in Morocco and they tested negative for Coronavirus," read a statement on the club's official website.

Zamalek's Moroccan winger Achraf Bencharki joined the team's training session amid preparations for the crucial showdown after finishing his duty with the North African national team.

"Bencharki will join the team's regular trainings on Thursday and he is fit for the game," the statement added.

Meanwhile, Zamalek's Tunisian attacking midfielder Ferjani Sassi, who said on Wednesday he tested positive for COVID-19, will most likely miss the semi-finals despite being named in the team's squad that flew to Morocco on Tuesday.

Zamalek's injured defender Mahmoud Alaa will undergo a rehab program ahead on Thursday to determine his availability for the game.

The Cairo giants are bidding for their sixth Champions League title and the first since they defeated Raja 1-0 on aggregate in a two-legged final in 2002.

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