Soliman: Sundowns are the best African club I’ve seen
Former Zamalek coach, Momen Soliman, showed his dissatisfaction towards describing the 2016 CAF Champions League as the easiest championship Zamalek lost.
Soliman recently resigned after a quest with the White Knights winning the Egypt Cup beating arch-rivals Al Ahly in the final and reaching the CAF Champions League final before losing 3-1 on aggregate to Mamelodi Sundowns, becoming the sixth manager to leave Zamalek in the last year.
“Describing the CAF Champions League Zamalek almost won as an easy championship is offensive to me,” he told Sada El Balad TV channel. “Sundowns are the best African club I’ve seen throughout my football history. This team is different from the Algerian and Moroccan teams, they do not just depend on physical strength.”
The 42-year-old coach also pointed out the talent of Sundowns’ striker Khama Billiat. “The club wants Al Ahly to pay them $10,00000 for his services,” Soliman added.
He also talked about the final first leg in South Africa which Zamalek shockingly lost 3-0. Soliman thinks that the three goals were scored in unique conditions as he said that “The first goal would usually be stopped by a goalkeeper like El-Shennawy, the second goal was an offside while the third was an own goal by our defender.”
“I was leading the most important match for Zamalek in the past 14 years with a squad of 14 players only, yet the team presented a good performance,” he explained. “As for the second leg, we played a great match and missed several scoring opportunities, yet our win was not enough to beat the three goals in the first match,” Soliman concluded.
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