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Zamalek to field third-choice goalkeeper Omar Salah in Confederation Cup final

Zamalek to field third-choice goalkeeper Omar Salah in Confederation Cup final


Zamalek will travel to Morocco to face in the CAF Confederation Cup final with only one goalkeeper after ’s injury on Sunday.

The Whites have qualified for the CAF Conferedation Cup final, where they will face Morocco’s RS Berkane, following a 1-0 aggregate victory over Étoile du Sahel.

In the dying moments of the game, goalkeeper Mahmoud Gennesh received a second yellow card and was sent off, with the club’s forward Omar El-Said being forced to replace him between the sticks.

READ: CAF reject Zamalek appeal over Mahmoud Gennesh red card

This meant that Gennesh will miss the first-leg of the final, with his replacement being Emad El-Sayed, whose last appearance for the Whites came in Zamalek’s 4-1 victory over Misr El-Makkasa last January.

Photo: Zamalek SC

This made Gross start him against El-Dakhleya on Sunday to increase his match sharpness, and the 33-year-old repaid the faith shown in him by saving a penalty and helping the Whites to a 2-1 victory.

However, in the final minutes of the game, El-Sayed suffered a hand injury, which will keep him out for at least four weeks, according to the club’s official website.

Gross will now have start 21-year-old in the final, with no replacements sitting on the bench as the club have only registered three goalkeepers for the competition.

Salah is a product of Zamalek’s youth sector, and has made only five appearances for the first team in the last three years, including three in the Egypt Cup.

He has never played a contentinal competition game and his only league start came in Zamalek’s 2-0 loss to arch-rivals Al Ahly in July 2017.

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