The White Knights occupy second spot in Group with three points, six behind semis-bound South African side, Mamelodi Sundowns, and will guarantee their spot at the last four by avoiding defeat against two-time winner, Enyimba, who are pointless after two matches.
After a dream start with an away 1-0 victory against Enyimba in Port Harcourt, the Egyptians suffered back to back defeats to Sundowns, which saw the latter confirm their place at the semis. However, a point is all what Zamalek need come Sunday, to decide the group as far as places at the last four is concerned.
The White Knights have interim trainer Moamen Soliman to thank for their recent successes. The club’s sixth manager in their roller-coaster season has won his two games since taking over including the Egyptian Cup triumph at the expense of eternal rivals Ahly.
“I'm in dreamland”, an elated Soliman told CAFonline.com. “I never dreamt of coaching Zamalek, and winning a trophy with the team in just a week. I hope this dream lasts for a very long time”, he added.
Leading Zamalek against Enyimba means Soliman will be their third coach in the CAF Champions League. Scotsman Alex McLeish began the campaign before giving way to Mohamed Helmy. The former was sacked following the defeat against Sundowns, and former midfielder Soliman named his shock replacement.
As the search for a substantive coach intensifies, Soliman could just grant the White Knights their most sought after gift by guiding them to the CAF Champions League semi-final, a stage Zamalek hasn’t reached since 2005.
However, Soliman faces a tough test with two key players, Mahmoud Abdelmoneim ‘Kahraba’ and Burkina Faso defender Mohamed Koffi joining the exodus bandwagon in the last couple of weeks.
“We will do our best to win this match. We don't want to take anything to chance. I believe we will do it", concluded Soliman.
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