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My dream is to win Champions League with Zamalek, says Moroccan winger Bencharki

Bencharki had already won the African Champions League with Morocco's Wydad Casablanca in 2017

Mahmoud Sheleib, Wednesday 12 Feb 2020
Zamalek winger Bencharki (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Moroccan winger Ashraf Bencharki said he dreams of winning the African Champions League to qualify for the Club World Cup with Zamalek, saying this year's edition is the most competitive ever.

The 25-year-old, who joined Zamalek in the summer transfer window from Saudi Arabia's Al-Hilal, told Al-Ahram Al-Riyadi magazine that he is enjoying his time with the Cairo giants. 

"I'm satisfied with my performance with the team until now, as I scored 10 goals and provided three assists, but the most important thing is to win titles," Bencharki said in the interview, which was published on Wednesday. 

Bencharki won his first title with Zamalek shortly after joining, when they defeated Pyramids FC in the Egypt Cup final last September.

"Winning the Egypt Cup didn't satisfy my enough. I still dream to win the most important competition of the season, which is the African Champions league, where we are doing well until now," he added. 

"I wish to win it in order to achieve my biggest dream with Zamalek, which is to qualify to the FIFA Club World Cup."

Bencharki has one Champions League accolade to his name as he steered Morocco's Wydad Casablanca to the title in 2017.

Zamalek will meet reigning champions Esperance of Tunisia in a mouthwatering two-legged quarter-final later this month.

All the quarter-finalists are former champions: Egyptian giants Ahly, DR Congo's TP Mazembe, South Africa's Mamelodi Sundowns, Tunisia's Etoile du Sahel, Morocco's Rajaa and Wydad Casablanca.

"The current edition of the tournament is the toughest in the history of the African Champions League. There are five or six teams that if anyone of them won the title it won't be a surprise; as any of Zamalek, Wydad, Sundowns, Ahly, Esperance, and Mazembe are capable of lifting the trophy," Bencharki said.

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