Zamalek boss reacts to Ahly's exploits

CAF Champions League

Zamalek head coach Jamie Pacheco has congratulated Al Ahly after securing a podium finish at the FIFA Club World Cup and set clear ambitions for this season's CAF Champions League.

Pitso Mosimane and his Ahly side ousted Pacheco's men in the 'Derby of the Century' November to secure a place in the global showpiece in Qatar this month.

While Pacheco hinted there was a sense of good fortune for Mosimane in the final, he's now praised them for their efforts after their shoot-out victory against Palmeiras secured Africa's fourth medal in the history of the competition.

"I congratulate Al Ahly on winning the bronze medal at the Club World Cup and the CAF Champions League," he said, as per KingFut.  "Al Ahly performed well in the Club World Cup, which is good for Egyptian and African football."

The Portuguese tactician went on to express his ambitions for this season's CAF Champions League with their campaign kicking off against MC Alger this evening at the Cairo International Stadium.

"I hope to meet them in the final this year. We want to win the tournament this season, but we must first cross the group stage, as we are playing in the group of death."

Esperance and Teungueth make up the rest of Group D which has been dubbed the Group of Death in Africa's elite club competition.

CAF CL fixtures in full:

Friday:

21:00 - AS Vita vs Simba SC
21:00 - Zamalek vs MC Alger

Saturday:

15:00 - TP Mazembe vs Belouizdad
15:00 - Esperance vs Teungueth
18:00 - Sundowns vs Al Hilal Omdurman
18:00 - Horoya vs Petro de Luanda

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