Preview: Already-qualified Masry, Pyramids FC to finish job in Confed Cup

Ahram Online , Saturday 2 Apr 2022

Egyptian side Masry have a tough a game against TP Mazembe of DR Congo in Lubumbashi on Sunday; despite having already qualified for quarterfinals, they want to finish on top of Group C.

File Photo: Pyramids Midfielder Walid El Karti in action during the match with CS. Sfaxien on 13 March, 2022. Photo courtesy of Pyramids Facebook page.

The Port-Said-based team are leading the group with 10 points, two above their Congolese hosts.

“We are aware how difficult this game will be and fasting will make it more difficult, but we are ready to deliver a strong performance with a high spirit,” Masry coach Moine Chaabani told the pre-game news conference.

Masry will play in daylight (15:00 Cairo time) while fasting, since Ramadan started in Egypt on Saturday.

“The players have already showed a lot of determination during the group stage and we must keep on during the rest of the campaign starting from the quarterfinals, which will be more difficult,” he added.

In Cairo, Pyramids FC will be hoping to restore their lead in Group A, after being leapfrogged by Ahly Tripoli in the past round.

The Libyans stunned Pyramids FC 1-0 to go to the top with 12 points, two above their Egyptian neighbours who conceded their first defeat in this season’s edition.

Pyramids FC are expected to have an easy task against bottom-side Zanaco at home, while also hoping that Ahly Tripoli will stumble against Sfaxien of Tunisia.

Both of these games will take place Sunday, at 10:00 Cairo time.

Pyramids coach Ehab Galal will have to do without his inspirational winger Ramadan Sobhi who has not yet recovered from a knee injury.

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