Sunday Sep 25, 2022. 16:00
Zamalek head coach Jesualdo Ferreira has revealed that the club will be shifting its focus to the CAF Champions League after winning back-to-back Egyptian Premier League titles.
Ferreira made a triumphant return to the helm in March, guiding the White Knights to their 14th league crown, having previously achieved the feat during his first spell at the Cairo International Stadium in 2014/15.
The Portuguese tactician had been brought in to replace Patrice Carteron, who was sacked after a poor start in Africa’s elite club competition, which saw the team fail to win their first three matches in Group D.
The Cairo outfit eventually exited at the group stages last season and Ferreira is making it his priority to go all the way this term.
Zamalek last conquered Africa in 2002, although they reached the final in 2016 and 2020 before losing to Mamelodi Sundowns and Al Ahly respectively.
“In the last two seasons, Zamalek won the league title but they haven’t won the African Champions League for 20 years,” the 76-year-old told Portuguese sports newspaper Record.
“Zamalek reached the Champions League final under Jaime Pacheco but they lost the title to Ahly two years ago, so our main target is to win it this time around.”