Egypt’s Daily sports Digest June 20: Zesco United are a good team – Martin Jol
Ahly's new head coach Martin Jol

El-Hadary: Egypt back where they belong –

“I’m happy because it’s something we’ve all worked towards, though it’s only normal we should qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations,” legendary Egypt goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary told, reacting to his country’s qualification for next year’s continental finals, which comes after failed attempts to reach the previous three. He added: “The whole country is right to celebrate, but to me there’s nothing extraordinary about it.

“Egypt has a long history in this competition. We’ve won it seven times, three of them in a row, which is something nobody else has ever done. Us being there is going to add interest to the competition, and I am certain that football fans in Egypt, the Arab world and Africa are delighted to see us back.”


Enyimba boss Aigbogun: We dominated Zamalek –

Enyimba F.C. boss Paul Aigbogun has expressed his disappointment at the Peoples Elephant’s loss against Zamalek in the CAF Champions League.

Zamalek managed to come out with full points from Port Harcourt stadium in Nigeria under what could only be described as disastrous pitch conditions in the CAF Champions League group stages opener.

Following the match, Enyimba boss Paul Aigbogun expressed his disappointment at the outcome of the match.

“Firstly congratulations to your country, we feel disappointed at the result, but not the overall performance,” Aigbogun told KingFut.

“We dominated the game but unfortunately conceded in my opinion a goal through an error.

“The weather made it a tough game for both sides. It is hard to say if the match should’ve went ahead or not as I’m not sure of the factors they (officials) took into account,” Aigbogun continued.


Zesco United are a good team – Martin Jol –

Al Ahly manager Martin Jol has heaped praise on Zesco United but blames his side’s shock 3-2 loss  in Ndola yesterday to injuries.

The Dutchman said it was always going to be a challenge to beat Zesco United at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.

“I am proud of my boys because in the second half they came back in it to fight and they fought, but of course it was not enough to get back into the game and to score the third goal. But even at 3-2 they looked dangerous and quite handful.”

John Antwi’s double was not enough to salvage a point for the Egyptians. Clatous Chama’s brace and John Chingandu’s long range strike secure precious 3 points for  Zesco United.

The Egyptian giants return to continental action in two weeks time when they play Asec Mimosas at home in Cairo while Zesco United will be away to Wydad Casablanca in Morocco.


Enyimba deserved to beat zamalek says coach – African

Enyimba coach Paul Aigbogun said his team dominated and deserved to beat Zamalek of Egypt in a CAF Champions League Group B clash.

The defeat puts Enyimba third in Group B after the first round of matches with Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa top of the standings with three points, Zamalek second, while Entente Setif from Algeria are bottom.


Away clubs excel in caf champions league –

Victories for Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa and Zamalek of Egypt on Sunday made it a great weekend for away clubs in the CAF Champions League.

After hosts Zesco United of Zambia won the first matchday 1 game Saturday, Wydad Casablanca of Morocco set a trend of victories by visiting teams in the premier African club competition.

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