Ferreira justifies Zamalek’s early farewell to Africa Gulf newspaper
The Tunisian Esperance and the Algerian Belouizdad youth booked the fourth group tickets to the quarter-finals of the African Champions League in football, with the first draw with its Sudanese host Al-Merikh 1-1, and the second victory over its Egyptian guest Zamalek 2-0 in the fifth round.
Esperance raised its score to 10 points in the lead, by one point against Belouizdad, Al-Merreikh rose to third place with five points, and Zamalek bottomed the standings (4 points). group champion.
At the “5 July” stadium in the Algerian capital, the career of Zamalek, the champion of the competition five times, the last of which was in 2002, ended early for the second season in a row, after losing 0-2 to its host, Shabab Belouizdad.
The Egyptian team tried to put pressure on the hosts early, but it collided with an organized team that aborted its danger.
The host team managed to score its guest net after Akram Bouras sent a cross, which Zakaria Darawi followed with a curved shot into Sobhi’s net (76).
Cameroonian Lionel Wamba added the second goal with a shot from close range, following a free kick played by Youssef Lawafi (79).
The Portuguese Jesualdo Ferreira, coach of Zamalek, justified his team’s exit with a lack of confidence.
Ferreira said during the press conference after the match: Zamalek was better in the first half, and Belouizdad youth deserved to win, and we lacked confidence to score goals.
He added: Belouizdad is a good team and includes a good group of players. I congratulate the Algerian team and expect it to compete for the championship.
He continued: We must rethink the future, and I am not talking about the past. Zamalek previously won the league and the Egyptian Cup last year, but there must be a balance and work seriously in the future.