CAF Confederation Cup semis: Al Masry square off with AS Vita Club

Wadi	-	Al	Masry	Club

Wadi – Al Masry Club

AL Masry will square off with AS Vita Club in the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup semifinal first-leg match at the Al Masry Club Stadium in Port Said tonight.

The Green Eagles advanced to the last four after defeating Algerian side USM Alger 2-0 on aggregate in a quarterfinal tie last month.

Mahmoud Wadi, who is a Palestine national team player, scored both home and away for the Egyptian Premier League side.

This is the Green Eagles’ third CAF semifinal in their history. They reached the 1999 CAF Cup Winners’ Cup semifinals and 2002 CAF Cup semifinals.

Hossam Hassan, the Al Masry head coach, has won CAF trophies with Egyptian giants Al Ahly and Zamalek, and he is now looking to guide his side to the final.

“It was our first target to reach the group stage. But once we were there we started thinking of going all the way long,” Hassan told CAFOnline.com.

“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 Egyptian tactician added,

Meanwhile, Vita Club booked their place in the semifinals after overcoming Moroccan side RS Berkane 4-2 on aggregate in a quarterfinal tie last month.

Djuma Shabani, Fabrice Ngoma and Jean-Marc Makusu Mundele (brace) all scored for the DR Congolese Super League champions.

The Black Dolphins reached the 1996 CAF Cup semifinals and 1976 CAF Cup Winners’ Cup semifinals. They won the 1973 CAF Champions League title.

Vita Club head coach Florent Ibenge guided his side to the 2014 Champions League final and he is now hoping to lead the Black Dolphins to the Confederation Cup final.

“Since we qualified in Berkane, we have settled in Casablanca where we have trained every day,” Ibenge said on Foot CD.

“The first two days, we did some recovery. And then, little by little, we went into a little more athletic work,” the DR Congolese tactician said.

“We worked more particularly on defending free-kicks. We conceded the last five goals from free-kicks or corners. We have to do a lot better.” – Backpage TXT

 

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