Egypt’s Zamalek scored a narrow victory over Angolan visitors Kabuscorp on Saturday in the 2014 Orange CAF Champions League first round first leg match that was played behind closed doors at the Cairo International stadium.
The match was decided by a single goal and Zamalek had their defender Mahmoud Fathalla to thank after he scored 10 minutes after the break.
But for Zamalek’s manager Ahmed Hossam “Mido” things seem different. The 30 year old coach looked confident after the game that his team will book their ticket to the next round in Luanda. “We will qualify, am positive of that”, Mido told Cafonline.com after the game. “I would have liked to have a bigger margin victory but I’m satisfied with this result. In Angola we will play much better and we will win again”.
Mido who is well known for spending almost his entire playing career in Europe praised his match winner 32 year old Mahmoud Fathalla for his performance. “He plays like someone who is five years younger than him. He’s a true professional, and I ask our board to reward him with a new contract”, Mido added.
Zamalek’s young manager also praised their opponents. “Kabuscorp is a good team and has many talented and experienced players. But today we had the upper hand and forced them to play our way. I repeat we will again in Luanda and qualify to the next round”, Mido concluded.
The White Knights assistant manager Hisham Yakan echoed Mido’s words. “The 1-0 win is not bad, on the contrary it’s a very good result”, said the ex-Egypt defender. ‘We missed many chances but we will keep the spirit and qualify to the next round”.
On the other side Kabuscorp manager Eduard Antranik did not seem delighted with the game’s result. He only had the following to say, “It’s not over yet, there are 90 minutes still to be played”.
Meanwhile Egypt national team manager Shawky Ghareeb expressed his delight with Zamalek’s win. The newly appointed Pharaoh’s coach told Cafonline.com “I hope both Ahly and Zamalek qualify to the next round. Ahly lost 1-0 in Dar Es-Salam to Tanzanian side, Young Africans but I’m sure they’ll both qualify to the eighth finals, God willing”. Egypt is to face Bosina and Herzegovina in a friendly that marks Ghareeb’s first game in charge this Wednesday in the Austrian capital Vienna.