Al-Zamalek player Ali Gaber (L) Mahmoud Hamdy in action against Caps United player HardlifeZvirekw (C) during the African Champions League (CAF) Round of 16 match between Al-Zamalek and Caps United at at Borg Al Arab Stadium in Alexandria , Egypt, 12 May 2017
Sunday May 14, 2017. 14:52
Despite losing 2-0 to Zamalek in their CAF Champions League Group B opener on Friday, CAPS United coach Lloyd Chitembwe maintains they remain firmly in contention of progressing to the quarter-finals.
Chitembwe believes the away loss has not dented their hopes of reaching the next stage of this year’s continental tournament.
The Green Machine succumbed to a 2-0 defeat to the White Knights at Alexandria’s Borg El-Arab Stadium on Friday night courtesy of goals from Bassem Morsi and Stanley Ohawuchi.
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“In terms of performance, I’m sure we gave them as much as we got from them. I think we also have a good chance prevailing over them [at home] considering the way we dominated the proceedings especially in the second half,” Chitembwe told reporters.
“The second half performance gives us the hope that going forward we have a great team that can compete against anyone at this level of the game.
“So we are very happy going forward and I think we are still in it big time and our chances are as good as any other team in the competition because we still have five games to play.”
In the wake of the defeat, United are now second from the bottom in Group B while Zamalek are second behind early leaders USM Alger on goal difference.
The Algerian side claimed a 3-0 home victory over bottom side Ahli Tripoli of Libya in their opening tie.
Chitembwe, whose side will host USM Alger in the second round of fixtures at the National Sports Stadium on May 23, said they made a good account of themselves against their much fancied opponents.