Tricky Confederation Cup mission for Egypt duet Masry and Pyramids

Tricky Confederation Cup mission for Egypt duet Masry and Pyramids

Egyptian clubs have won more CAF interclub titles than any other country in the continent. But they have just a couple of trophies in the second tier CAF Confederation Cup, one for each of the Cairo giants Al Ahly (in 2014) and Zamalek (last season).

For the 2019-20 edition of the Total CAF Confederation Cup, Egypt is represented by the 2018 semifinalists Al Masry and debutants Pyramids. Port Said based Al Masry will start their campaign from the first round after receiving a bye for the preliminary round, while Pyramids reached this stage defeating Congo’s Etoile du Congo 5-1 on aggregate in the preliminaries.

Al MAsry

Al Masry are having their fourth consecutive CAF Confederation cup appearance. After reaching the semifinals in 2018, they were shockingly eliminated from the first round last season, losing to Burkina Faso’s Salitas 2-0 on aggregate. And they come back to the continental scene hoping with a better outing this season.

Guided by Coach Ehab Galal, who previously played for the club between 2000 and 2003, Al Masry might find themselves obliged to find a coaching replacement. Galal is one of the shortlisted candidates to take the empty job as Egypt’s national team coach after Mexican Javier Aguirre was sacked seeing Egypt crashing out of the Round of 16 of the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations at home last July.

The Green Eagles recruited five new players this season. Libyan striker Mufath Taktak joined from Al Nasr, with the duo of left back Bahaa Magdy and midfielder Emad Fathy joining from Zamalek. Goalkeeper Ahmed Abdel Fatah and winger Mohamed Zakaria Shika joined from second tier sides Nugoom and Pharco respectively.

Al Masry will start their campaign from Zanzibar, visitors to Malindi on Sunday (15 September 2019), with the return leg scheduled fortnight later in Egypt.

Meanwhile giant spenders Pyramids who are having their debut continental season started their campaign in style. They completed the double over Etoile du Congo, winning 4-1 in Cairo and 1-0 in Brazzaville.

Pyramids were about to win their first ever trophy, but fell short to giants Zamalek in Egypt Cup final to finish as runner ups.

With a coach who knows African football well, Pyramids are targeting a place in the mini-league stage at least. Frenchman Sebastien Desabre jad almost spent a decade in the continent with spells in various countries, latest of them was with Uganda whom he led to the Round of 16 in the recent Total Africa Cup of Nations Egypt 2019.

Desabre’s side recruited nine new players this season. Ghanaian goal machine John Antwi joined from Makassa, while Ugandan winger Lumala Abdu rekindled playing under Desabre after joining from Swedish side Kalmar. Defenders Mohamed Atwa (Al Raed, Saudi Arabia) and Tarek Taha (Ismaily), midfielder Mahmoud Hamada (Makassa) and forwards Islam Issa (Masry), Ibrahim Hassan (Zamalek), Ahmed Ali (Arab Contractors) and Mohamed “Dodo” Elgabbas (Wadi Degla) were the other new faces that joined this summer.

Pyramids entertain Algeria’s CR Belouizdad at the Cairo based 30 June stadium on Saturday (14 September 2019), with the return leg scheduled fortnight later in Algiers.

Fixtures

13.09.2019 Omdurman El Khartoum (Sudan) vs Motema Pembe (DR Congo)

14.09.2019 Nairobi Bandari (Kenya) vs US Ben Guerdane (Tunisia)

14.09.2019 Kigali AS Kigali (Rwanda) vs Proline (Uganda)

14.09.2019 Lome Maranatha (Togo) vs Djoliba (Mali)

14.09.2019 Libreville Pelican (Gabon) vs Rangers (Nigeria)

14.09.2019 Obuasi Ashantigold (Ghana) vs RS Berkane (Morocco)

14.09.2019 Manzini Young Buffaloes (Eswatini) vs Bidvest (South Africa)

14.09.2019 Cairo Pyramids (Egypt) vs CR Belouizdad (Algeria)

15.09.2019 Cotonou ESAE (Benin) vs Salitas (Burkina Faso)

*15.09.2019 Sfax Ittihad (Libya) vs HUSA (Morocco)

15.09.2019 Algiers Paradou (Algeria) vs CS Sfaxien (Tunisia)

15.09.2019 Curepipe Bolton City (Mauritius) vs Zanaco (Zambia)

15.09.2019 Zanzibar Malindi (Zanzibar) vs El Masry (Egypt)

15.09.2019 Conakry Santoba (Guinea) vs San Pedro (Cote d’Ivoire)

15.09.2019 Nelspruit TS Galaxy (South Africa) vs CNaPS (Madagascar)

15.09.2019 Dar Azam (Tanzania) vs Triangle (Zimbabwe)

*Match will be played in Sfax (Tunisia)

source curtesy: cafonline.com

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