Flambeau du Centre faces ‘impossible’ mission against Zamalek in Champions League: Coach Medic

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Tuesday 27 Sep 2022

Coach of Burundi's Flambeau du Centre Momcilo Medic said on Tuesday he believes that his team faces a difficult or even impossible mission when they face Egypt’s Zamalek in the African Champions League round of 32.



On Sunday, two second-half goals gave Zamalek an easy 2-0 home win over Chad's Elect-Sport to complete a 4-0 aggregate victory and stroll into the second preliminary round of the prestigious competition.

Flambeau du Centre, who won their first ever league title last season, reached the same round after passing Libyan side Al-Ittihad.

“We will face Zamalek, one of the best teams in Africa. Our mission will be difficult and also it could be impossible, but we will fight to reach the group stage or at least qualify for the Confederation Cup,” Medic told Egyptian TV channel Al Hayat.

“I watched two or three matches of Zamalek recently and I realized that it is difficult to beat them as they are an experienced team. It will be a big surprise if we passed Zamalek,” the coach added.

The first leg is set to be played in Tanzania on 9 October, while the return match will be played on 14, 15 or 16 of the same month in Cairo. The winner will reach the group stage, while the loser will turn automatically to play in the Confederation Cup.

“We will do our best against Zamalek and everything is possible in football. I know some of Zamalek key stars like playmaker Shikabala, winger Ahmed Zizo and goalkeeper Mohamed Awaad. Zamalek have a very good squad but we are not a team that gives up easily.

“We refused Zamalek’s request to play both games in Egypt and the home game will be played in Tanzania as the stadium in Burundi is not up to CAF standards,” Medic concluded.

Zamalek, who were recently crowned the Egyptian league champions for the second successive season, are seeking to win the Champions League title for the first time since winning the last of their five crowns in 2002.

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