Monday Sep 28, 2015. 21:56
Zamalek coach Jesualdo Ferreira takes responsibility for their 5-1 heavy defeat to Etoile Du Sahel in Sousse on Sunday night, in the first leg of their Confederation Cup semifinals tie.
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The result seriously compromised their chances of completing an historic treble, after sealing their first domestic double since 1988.
The White Knights found themselves 2-0 down at Stade Olympique de Sousse after 11 minutes, courtesy of two goals from midfielder Marouane Tej and striker Baghdad Bounedjah.
Ayman Hefni managed to pull a goal back for the visitors in the 25th minute, but defender Alaya Brigui restored the Tunisians’ two-goal lead ten minutes later to send Etoile with a comfortable cushion into the break.
And Marouane Tej and Saddam Ben Aziza added to Zamalek misery in the second half, to inflict the Cairo giants their heaviest continental defeat since losing to Asante Kotoko with the same scoreline in the 1987 edition of Africa’s foremost club competition.
“The game was a horrible nightmare,” Ferreira told the media after the game.
“I and the players are sorry for the heavy defeat, but I am responsible for the result,” the Portuguese coach added.
“We have no chance apart from in fighting to the last minute.
“We won the Egyptian Premier League and the Egypt Cup and we've played 13 games in the Africa tournament with nine wins, three losses and a draw. I'm not giving excuses for the defeat, just facts.”
Zamalek will try to overturn their four-goal deficit when they host Etoile in Cairo in the return leg next Saturday.