CAPS United have stressed that they are not going to be the outsiders of group B as they prepare to battle with continental giants Zamalek in a CAF Champions League group which includes Algeria’s USM Alger and Al-Ahly Tripoli.
The Zimbabwean premier league champions sprang a surprise in the tournament’s round of 32 when they eliminated five-time African champions TP Mazembe on the away-goal rule.
CAPS United midfielder cum forward, Abbas Amidu, who scored the crucial away goal in the 1-1 draw with Mazembe away, has stated that his side are intent to make history again against Zamalek after ousting the Congolese giants in the previous round.
“We are ready for Zamalek, we are fully-prepared for this game,” Amidu told Egyptian sports website FilGoal.com.
“We are here to make history again this time against Zamalek after doing the same against TP Mazembe.
“Football has changed much these days. We beat Mazembe and could also beat Zamalek.”
Zamalek enter the game with no absentees of major concern, with right-back Hosni Fathi the only injury absentee with Osama Ibrahim deputizing him.
Coach Inacio, however, opted to leave out talented playmaker Ayman Hefni from the squad, probably due to his lack of form.
Striker Hossam Salama, who has been consistently omitted, has been included in the squad alongside Bassem Morsi, Stanley Ohawuchi and Emmanuel Mayuka. It remains to be seen whether Salama would be given a chance to impress.
The game will be played with a limited number of 5000 fans and not behind closed doors, as the case has usually been with CAF games in Egypt.