Al Masry boss Hossam Hassan eyeing Confederations Cup final
The Portsaid-based club knocked out USM Alger after defeating them 2-0 on aggregate in the quarterfinals to reach their first ever semi-finals in a second-tier continental club competition.
“It was our first target to reach the group stage. But once we were there we started thinking of going all the way long,” boss Hossam Hassan told CAFOnline.com.
Al Masry proved themselves in the competition as they only had one defeat in 14 games and were unbeaten in 12 consecutive matches. The Green Eagles managed to collect 12 points during the group stage and were only one point behind Group B leaders RS Berkane.
“The star is the team itself. We have many young players in the team, and they keep coming and going. But whoever plays does his best for the team itself, and that’s how we are here,” the coach added.
Their next opponent, Congolese club AS Vita, were able to qualify to the semi-final match after defeating Al Masry’s group leaders 4-2 on aggregate.
If Hassan and his men manage to overcome AS Vita they will clash with either Nigeria’s Enyimba or Moroccan side Raja Casablanca in the final match.
Football director and former national team player Ibrahim Hassan also spoke to CAF about returning to Portsaid stadium this year after years of playing in either Alexandria or Ismailia.
“Of course playing in Port Said boosted our chances. We used to play our home matches away from home, but being among our supporters made a huge difference in our favor,” he said. “We do our best to make them happy, and we won’t stop now.”
The winner of the cup will receive a 1.25 million USD prize in addition to playing against the Champions League winner in the CAF Super Cup.
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