Zamalek coach Moemen Soliman is insisting his club can come back from three goals down and snatch the African Champions League title away from Mamelodi Sundowns despite being overwhelmed in Saturday’s first leg in South Africa.
The Egyptian club, who had won the title five times before but not been in a final for 14 years, were handed a 3-0 drubbing in Atteridgeville and have a veritable mountain to climb if they are to emerge as the new continental champions.
“We have to go through the dark to the light but we can do it,” the 42-year-old Zamalek boss, who has only been in the job since August, said as his team headed home to prepare for next Sunday’s second leg.
“They are strong and they are fast. We just have to be stronger and have to be faster and we can do this. We have the best players in Egypt. So we can do it. I hope it will be our day.”
“I still have confidence in my players. They are big players and they deserve to be in the final. But we made two really big mistakes that cost us.
Sunday’s return at the Borg El Arab Stadium will be played at 20:30 local time (18:30 GMT).