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Djabou: Zamalek has a strong reputation in Africa


ES Setif are defending Algerian Ligue 1 champions

Algeria and ES Sétif playmaker Abdelmoumene Djabou has warned his teammates from taking the CAF Champions League qualification lightly, claiming that both groups are tough and the teams that are most focused and prepared will reach the semifinals.

The CAFCL draw, which took place at the CAF headquarters in Cairo on May 24, saw Al Ahly (Egypt), Wydad (Morocco), ASEC Mimosas (Ivory Coast), Zesco (Zambia) in Group A, and ES Setif (Algeria), Zamalek (Egypt), Enyimba (Nigeria), Sundowns (South Africa) in Group B.

The Algerian international noted that all eight teams are among the strongest in Africa, with Zamalek and Enyimba being strong and experienced sides in African competitions.

Djabou said, “Group B is a difficult group and our mission to advance to the final four will not be a cakewalk.”

“The eight clubs that will host the group stage are strongest in Africa and the qualification for the semifinals will be difficult, and we should give our best,” he explained.

The 29-year-old made it clear that he is aiming to win the trophy with ES Sétif after the team’s triumph in 2014.

“Good preparation with the new coaching staff and the support of the players and fans are the only ways to reclaim the African trophy won in 2014 and honor Algeria.”

The first stage sees ES Sétif host Sundowns in June 19 and Zamalek host Enyimba on June 17.

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