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Zamalek's Jose Gomes Aims to Make History in CAF Confederation Cup Final

Posted : 17 May 2024

Jose Gomes eyes a historic feat as he seeks to guide Zamalek to victory in the CAF Confederation Cup, aiming to become the first Portuguese coach to claim the title.


Despite trailing Renaissance Berkane 2-1 on aggregate after the first leg, Zamalek's hopes are buoyed by their past success in the competition, notably clinching the 2019 title in a dramatic penalty shootout.


Gomes, who assumed the managerial reins in January, aims to add to his coaching accolades and uplift Zamalek's trophy cabinet, drawing inspiration from the passionate fanbase and illustrious predecessors.


The first leg encounter saw Berkane securing a two-goal halftime lead, courtesy of strikes from Issoufou Dayo and Adil Tahif, before Seifeddine Jaziri's goal for Zamalek injected intrigue into the tie.


Gomes acknowledges the need for improvement following the Moroccan leg, emphasizing the importance of a strong defensive display to nullify Berkane's set-piece threat.


With Portuguese coaches historically falling short in the Confederation Cup, Gomes is determined to defy the trend and etch his name in Zamalek's storied history.


Meanwhile, Berkane, led by coach Mouin Chaabani, enter the return leg with a slender advantage, banking on their narrow first-leg victory and defensive solidity to secure a maiden Confederation Cup triumph.


Chaabani, a seasoned tactician with multiple continental titles to his name, emphasizes the need for tactical discipline and strategic adjustments to maintain Berkane's edge in Cairo. Despite Zamalek's formidable home record in the Confederation Cup, Berkane remains wary of complacency and vows to rectify past mistakes to clinch glory on foreign soil.


As Zamalek prepares to defend their fortress at the Cairo International Stadium, Gomes faces the challenge of revitalizing his squad's home form to overcome Berkane's resilient defense.


 While recent inconsistencies at home may raise concerns, Zamalek's journey to the final underscores their resilience and determination to secure a 12th African title.


With both sides poised for an enthralling showdown, Sunday's clash promises to be a fitting finale to a fiercely contested Confederation Cup campaign.


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