Preview: Zamalek face Guinea SOAR in Confederation Cup with an eye on Ahly clash

Mahmoud Elassal , Saturday 2 Mar 2024

Egypt's Zamalek will take on Guinea's SOAR Coyah in the final round of the African Confederation Cup group stage on Sunday, keeping a close eye on their upcoming match against arch-rivals Ahly in the Egypt Cup final.

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File Photo: Zamalek s Midfielder Obama fights for the ball during the match with SOAR Coyah on 3 December, 2023. Photo courtesy of Zamalek.

 

Zamalek have already secured a spot in the quarterfinals of the continental tournament.

Leading Group B with 13 points after completing five rounds, Zamalek holds a four-point advantage over second-placed Abu Sleem of Libya.

On the other hand, SOAR Coyah finds themselves at the bottom of the group with only one point.

Their previous meeting in December resulted in a 4-0 win for Zamalek in Guinea, setting the stage for an easily anticipated rematch.

Zamalek's position in the group remains secure, but the match against SOAR will be a significant opportunity for Zamalek to practice before it faces Ahly in the Egypt Cup final in Saudi Arabia on Friday.

Jose Gomes, Zamalek's newly appointed Portuguese coach, emphasized the importance of the Confederation Cup encounter against SOAR to lay the groundwork for the Egypt Cup final against Ahly, acknowledging the latter's talented squad.

"The game against SOAR in the Confederation Cup should serve as good preparation for the Egypt Cup final against Ahly, as the latter boasts a squad with more talented players," Gomez told a television programme.

"My current target with Zamalek is to secure the first trophy and bring joy to the White Castle's supporters." the 53-year-old coach stated.

Zamalek have been actively investing in new talent, recently acquiring forward Mohamed Atef from Tanta, playmaker Abdallah El-Said and midfielder Seif Farouk Gaafar from Pyramids FC, winger Mohab Yasser from Dakhleya, playmaker Nasser Maher from Modern Future FC, and Palestinian defender Yasser Hamed.

However, it should be noted that three of the newly signed players, Maher, El-Said, and Gaafar, will not be eligible to participate in the African Confederation Cup for Zamalek.

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