Zamalek rely on home comforts to end drought

Zamalek rely on home comforts to end drought
Zamalek player Tarek Hamed

by Staff Reporter

Sunday May 26, 2019. 15:00

Zamalek will be aiming to end their continental drought with victory over upstarts RS Berkane in the Caf Confederations Cup final second-leg at Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria on Sunday evening.

Kick-off is at 22h00 CAT.

Berkane, who are aiming to win their first African trophy, take a 1-0 lead into the reverse fixture following a narrow win on home soil. Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba scored a 94th minute winner for The Oranges in Berkane as they now aim for a similar result in the Mediterranean city.

Zamalek, though, will be confident of overturning that result on home soil as they aim to end a 16-year drought on the continent.

The White Knights last won a continental title in 2003 with a 3-1 win over Wydad Casablanca clinching a third CAF Super Cup title, and a ninth continental crown for the club.

"I am very sad we conceded a goal right at the end," said Zamalek head coach Christian Gross.

"But we can come back at home and turn things around. We will fight to win the Confederation Cup for the sake of our supporters.

"We had several good scoring chances in Morocco, but could not convert them. I am sure it will be a different story in Alexandria.

"While Berkane are strong opponents with quality players, I promise our supporters we will give them something to cheer about," he concluded.

While Zamalek have won five Caf Champions League titles, the Egypt giants are aiming to taste success for the first time in Africa's second tier competition.

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