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Win at Pirates resembled European Champions League affair: Zamalek coach

Ahram Online , Saturday 11 Jul 2015
Jesualdo Ferreira
Zamalek coach Jesualdo Ferreira (Photo: the club's official website)
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Zamalek coach Jesualdo Ferreira hailed a precious comeback victory at South Africa's Orlando Pirates and said Saturday's game resembled a UEFA Champions League encounter.

The Cairo giants, who are featuring in the African Confederation Cup for the first time since the new format was introduced more than 10 years ago, trailed to a 68th-minute goal from Lehlohonolo Majoro despite squandering two clear-cut chances earlier in the second half at 2010 World Cup venue Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.

They stormed back with two splendid goals from Nigerian midfielder Maarouf Yussuf and promising winger Mostafa Fathi on 72 and 83 minutes to secure their second consecutive Group B win after an opening 1-0 victory over Tunisia's Sfaxien.

"The players proved their worth and managed to control the game's tempo despite Ramadan fasting," Portuguese boss Ferreira, the fourth coach to manage Zamalek this season, told reporters after the match which started at 13:00 GMT (15:00 Cairo time).

"I felt that we were playing in a European Champions League clash because of the great atmosphere. The pitch and the fans were fantastic."

Zamalek are close to ending an 11-year Egyptian Premier League drought after enjoying a season to remember. They need four points from their remaining four matches to wrap up their 12th title.

"We want to beat AC Leopards and remain on top of the Confederation Cup group but we are now turning out attention to the domestic league," the former Porto coach added.

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