Preview: Already-qualified Pyramids dreaming big in Confederation Cup

Ahram Online , Saturday 1 Feb 2020

File photo of Pyramids FC (the club's official Twitter account)

Already-qualified Pyramids FC face a dead-rubber against Mauritania's FC Nouadhibou on Sunday but they are already dreaming of going all the way in the African Confederation Cup.

Compatriots Masry, who are also through to the knockout stage from Group A as runners-up behind Pyramids, take on Nigeria's Enugu Rangers away from home on the same day.

Pyramids have impressed in the group stage campaign on their maiden appearance in an African competition, collecting 12 points from five matches.

Their only loss came in another dead-rubber, a surprise 1-0 defeat by Enugu Rangers in Cairo last week.

They are now already looking forward to lifting the Confederation Cup trophy, which was won by Cairo giants Zamalek last season.

"Tomorrow's game is a rehearsal for the rest of our campaign in the competition," Pyramids' versatile full-back Omar Gaber told the pre-match news conference.

"We have learned a lesson from the loss against Rangers and we are determined to bag all three points against Nouadhibou.

"Our squad already includes players who won this competition before so we are confident we can go all the way," he added.

Masry are also seeking to put an end to a patchy form as pressure increases on coach Ihab Galal, who sought to resign following a 2-1 league defeat by Gouna last week before the board urged him to stay put.

Matters went from bad to worse when they were also banned by world governing body FIFA from the next three transfer windows after they were found guilty of violating transfer rules regarding the signing of Ivorian winger Cheick Moukoro.

Pyramids are on top of Group A with 12 points, three ahead of Masry, who have an inferior head-to-head record to their compatriots. 

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