PREVIEW: Historical comebacks that give Zamalek hope against Sundowns
History is not ruling out Zamalek yet, as it is up to them and to get back into the game to win the CAF Champions League final in Egypt.
Where: Alexandria, Egypt
When: Sunday, October 23rd, 2016
Zamalek will be hosting Mamelodi Sundowns after a disappointing loss in South Africa, that made it an uphill task in the return leg.
Soliman’s men were tactically poor on field as their formation was forward-oriented, without securing their defense well against an organized team, which led to the three-goal lead to the hosting side. Zamalek didn’t manage to win any aspect in the game, as they didn’t control the tempo or even maintain a bit of possession.
Many factors came into place, the team’s thin squad with 14 outfield players to choose from on the day and Pitso Mosimane’s mind games which clearly affected Momen Soliman.
READ: HOW MASANDAWANA BOSS MOSIMANE BEAT ZAMALEK MANAGER SOLIMAN OFF THE PITCH
But is it the end?
Actually not, because Zamalek will be hosting the second leg in Egypt with a lot of passion, intensity and determination. The fans’ huge presence will be in their favor, so the hope remains and it is up to them to turn things around.
— KingFut.com (@King_Fut) October 22, 2016
Speaking of comebacks, there were great ones in the African Champions Cup finals over the years, as in 1966 Real Bamako managed to beat Ivory Coast’s Stade D’Abidjan 3-1 in Mali. But when Stade D’Abidjan returned to Ivory Coast, they managed to come back and equalise the score 3-1. They later net the winner in extra time to steal the trophy with a 5-4 win.
In 1973, AS Vita Club lost 4-2 to Asante Kotoko in Ghana, they then returned to Zaire and managed to score 3 goals past Asante Kotoko to make the aggregate score 5-4 and secure the African Champions Cup title.
Moreover, in 1976 MC Alger lost 3-0 in Guinea against Hafia FC, they then returned to Algeria with a comeback win with same score 3-0, to make the aggregate score 3-3 and go on & triumph on penalties 4-1; which is a very good case for the Zamalek, who are looking to turn things around.
It happened before and it could happen again at Borg El-Arab, it is only up to Zamalek to show up on the match-day and make history and achieve the dreams of millions who want the club to win their sixth star after a 14-year drought.
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