All eyes on Zamalek in Confederation Cup

All eyes on Zamalek in Confederation Cup
Zamalek players

by Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Feb 13, 2019. 09:00

Today is Matchday 2 in the group stage of the 2018/19 CAF Confederation Cup, with eight matches taking place across Africa.

The focus will fall on Egyptian heavyweights Zamalek, who are looking for a strong response to their stunning 4-2 defeat away to Kenya’s Gor Mahia on the first weekend of February in their opening Group D match.

The White Knights face a potentially tricky North African derby at home to Algerian side NA Hussein Dey, who will be brimming confidence after their 2-1 win over Petro Atletico when they head to the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria.

Mahia, meanwhile, will be under pressure to back up their fine result against Zamalek with a win in Luanda against Petro, but Hassan Oktay’s side may be running low on energy after successive Kenyan Premier League matches in between, including a draining derby against hated rivals AFC Leopards last Saturday.

A Moroccan derby between RS Berkane and Hassania Agadir headlines Group A, while defending Confed Cup champions Raja Casablanca will chase a home win over AS Otoho of the Congo.

Group B sees CS Sfaxien and Nigeria’s Enugu Rangers battle for top spot in Tunisia, and Group C features Ghanaian hopefuls Asante Kotoko looking to bounce back from an opening defeat to Al Hilal when they host Zesco United in Kumasi.

CAF Confederation Cup fixtures

All times CAT

Wednesday 13 February

15:00: Asante Kotoko v Zesco United

15:00: Nkana FC v Al Hilal

18:00: Raja Casablanca v AS Otoho

18:00: Salitas v Etoile du Sahel

18:00: Petro Atletico v Gor Mahia

21:00: RS Berkane v Hassania Agadir

21:00: CS Sfaxien v Enugu Rangers

21:00: Zamalek v NA Hussein Dey

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