Preview: Zamalek's Gomes eyes maiden African win against Abu Salim in CAF Confederation Cup

Ahram Online , Saturday 24 Feb 2024

Zamalek's newly appointed head coach Jose Gomes will be eager to make a strong impression in his first African challenge as his team face Libya's Abu Salim in the fifth round of the CAF Confederation Cup Group B at Algeria's 19th May Stadium on Sunday.

FILE - Zamalek’s midfielder Youssef Obama controls the ball during the 1st leg of the CAF Confederation Cup game against Libya’s Abu Salim on Saturday, 25 November, 2023.


The 53-year-old Portuguese tactician took charge of the White Knights on 2nd February, succeeding interim coach Moatamed Gamal.

His tenure began with a goalless draw against Ismaily in the Egyptian Premier League.

While Zamalek have already secured qualification for the knockout stage by topping the group, Gomes is determined to win the match and secure the summit position.

This will not only facilitate their task during the quarter-final draw but also showcase a dominant performance.

Furthermore, Gomes will utilize this opportunity to assess the club's new high-profile winter signings, considering the absence of several key players due to injuries, including defenders Mohamed Abdel-Shafi, Mahmoud 'El-Wensh' Hamdi, and Ahmed Fatouh.

On the other hand, Abu Salim of Libya seeks redemption after their loss to Zamalek in the first leg. They aim to surpass the Egyptian side and create history by making significant progress in their inaugural participation in the continental competition.

The Cairo Giants currently lead Group B with 10 points, closely followed by Abu Salim with one point less. G.D. Sagrada Esperança of Angola sit in third place with 4 points, while Guinea's SOAR Coyah remain at the bottom with no points.

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