Stanley Ohawuchi of Zamalek reacts in disappointment after missed chance during the 2016 CAF Champions League Final second leg between Zamalek and Sundowns at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria, Egypt on 23 October 2016 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix
Monday Oct 24, 2016. 11:00
Zamalek coach Momen Soliman has admitted that Mamelodi Sundowns were the better team over the two legs of the CAF Champions League final.
The Brazilians were beaten 1-0 by the White Knights in Alexandria on Sunday night, but took the tie 3-1 on aggregate to claim their first continental crown.
And Soliman, in his post-match press conference, had the dignity and grace to acknowledge that ‘Downs were worthy winners over the two matches.
“The best team won the Champions League, but we were better today’s game at Borg El Arab [Stadium]. We needed an early goal to come back again and gain confidence,” explained the coach.
He added, “Zamalek made history by reaching the final along with the difficult circumstances we faced and we could definitely make it to the final next year with a full squad.
“The only thing that changed from the first leg match, was the amazing fans who kept on cheering for the players, even after the game has ended.”
The Zamalek boss also explained that midfielder Mostafa Fathi is likely to leave the club in the New Year.
“Mostafa could be leaving very soon, we convinced him to stay for the Champions League although he had a European offer, but he could be leaving in January,” said Soliman.