Preview: Egyptian sides Pyramids FC, Future FC battle for Confederation Cup quarterfinal spot

Mahmoud Elassal , Saturday 1 Apr 2023

Egyptian football clubs Pyramids FC and Future FC will be battling for a place in the quarterfinals of the African Confederation Cup when they meet in the final round of Group C games on Sunday.

Future, Pyramids
File Photo: Egypt s Future Vs Pyramids FC. Al-Ahram


Future FC, who are currently in second place in the group with ten points, need a draw to advance to the quarterfinals in their ever appearance in a continental competition.

The team reached the ten point mark after it was awarded three points from the in the first-round game of the group stage against ASKO de Kara of Togo, who were penalised by CAF for calling up a suspended player in the first-round game of the group stage.

Meanwhile, Pyramids FC, who are in third place in the group with eight points, must take all three points to advance.

Future FC and Pyramids FC have met four times before in the Egyptian Premier League and the EPL Cup.

Future FC won two of these games and they drew in two.

The two sides shared points in their game in the first round in the group.

Cautious coaches

Pyramids FC's Portuguese coach Jaime Pacheco said he believes the game will be a difficult mission since his team has failed to achieve any victory in all of the five previous meetings against Future FC.

"I know everything about Future FC. They are a tough opponent who have talented players," he added.

"We know we have no choice but to win to reach the next round," Pacheco said.

Pyramids FC's squad will be boosted in the game by the return of talented wingers Ramadan Sobhi and Eslam Eissa after they recovered from injuries that sidelined in recent weeks.

On the other side, Future FC coach Ali Maher said he has been treating the game as a very serious affair.

"We prepared well. We know we will face a tough opponent who has a big number of talented players who can make the difference," Maher said.

"We have to concentrate to achieve our target," Maher stressed.

FAR Rabat of Morocco have already qualified for the quarterfinals out of the group while ASKO de Kara were eliminated from the competition.

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