Zamalek fly to Morocco for Confederation Cup final against RS Berkane

Mahmoud Elassal , Thursday 9 May 2024

Egyptian giants Zamalek left for Morocco on Thursday on a private jet as they gear up to face RS Berkane in the first leg of the African Confederation Cup final on Sunday.

File Photo: Zamalek's Forward Seifeddine Jaziri in action during the match with Dreams on 21 April, 2024. Photo courtesy of Zamalek.


The second leg is scheduled to take place in Cairo on 19 May.

The White Knights earned their spot in the Confederation Cup final after a commanding 3-0 aggregate victory over Ghana's Dreams FC in the semifinals of the continental tournament.

Meanwhile, RS Berkane secured their place in the final following the unfortunate cancellation of the second leg of their semifinal clash against Algeria's USMA for the second time in a week.

Zamalek's squad will have to cope with the absence of their esteemed veteran skipper Mahmoud "Shikabala" Abdel-Razek, as well as the sidelined winger Mostafa Shalabi and defender Mostafa El Zennari, all due to injuries.

"Primary medical tests have indicated that Shalabi and El Zennari are likely to miss the first leg of the African Confederation Cup," Zamalek's doctor, Mohamed Osama informed the club's TV channel.

"Shikabala could be absent from Zamalek's squad for four to six weeks, and we must handle his injury cautiously upon his return," stated Zamalek's doctor.

Furthermore, Zamalek will be deprived of the services of their winter signings—Nasser Maher, Abdallah El-Said, and Seif Farouk Gaafar—who are ineligible to participate in the African Confederation Cup due to their prior involvement with their former teams in ongoing CAF tournaments.

However, the Cairo giants received a much-welcomed boost with the return of midfielder Youssef Ibrahim, defender Mohamed Ashraf, and goalkeeper Mohamed Sobhi, all back in action after successfully recovering from their respective injuries.

Zamalek won the secondary continental tournament one time in 2019 while RS Berkane claimed it two times in 2020 and 2022.

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