Sunday Jul 09, 2017. 11:00
If Zamalek can defeat Al Ahli Tripoli and move into the last eight of the CAF Champions League, it will go a long way in appeasing their frustrated fans, according to vice-captain Ibrahim Salah.
The White Knights’ supporters have grown increasingly disenchanted with the team, who must win their home clash against Tripoli to have any chance of advancing into the quarterfinals of the continental competition.
Zamalek lost the Champions League final to Mamelodi Sundowns last year, missing out on a chance to claim a sixth African crown and their first since 2002, while on the domestic front they have had to watch as Al Ahly have won the Egyptian Premier League title yet again.
“The game is an opportunity to reconcile with the fans, especially since we will fight to qualify for the last eight,” Salah told a pre-match press conference, as quoted by KingFut.
“The players are aware of the amount of responsibility on them in the current period. They will play for the win.
“The older players have a big role in supporting the younger ones before the game,” the midfielder concluded.
Zamalek will host the Libyans for their final group stage clash at the Borg El Arab Stadium on Sunday night, kick-off at 21h00 CAT.