Zamalek asst. coach cautious ahead of Maghreb Fes match

Mohamad Mosselhi, Thursday 10 May 2012

Ismail Youssef voices cautious optimism about team's CAF Champions League clash with Maghreb Fes on Sunday

Ismail Youssf

Zamalek assistant coach Ismail Youssef voiced caution concerning his team's CAF Champions League round-16 (second leg) clash on Sunday, when they will meet Moroccan side Maghreb Fes at the Military Academy Stadium.

Zamalek took a major step toward qualification for the CAF Champions League's quarter final following a 2-0 win over hosts Maghreb Fes on the first leg in Morocco.

"We did a good job in Morocco, but we haven't qualified yet," Youssef told Zamalek's official website on Thursday.

"We must take the match seriously to avoid any nasty surprises, especially since the team faced a similar situation in 2005," he added.

In that year, Zamalek defeated Moroccan side Raja Casablanca in the first leg of the Arab Champions League (round 16) in Casablanca. But the Egyptian side were stunned later in Cairo by a 3-0 defeat on the second leg, forcing their exit from the regional competition.

"Our players will be under considerable pressure, which won't be the case for the Moroccans, who have nothing to lose in Cairo," Zamalek's assistant coach concluded.

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