Rare comments shared as coaches reflect on mixed performances in CAF Confederation Cup final first leg

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Rare comments shared as coaches reflect on mixed performances in CAF Confederation Cup final first leg

Festus Chuma 15:10 - 13.05.2024

Coaches from RS Berkane and Zamalek agree on the need for improved performances following the CAF Confederation Cup first leg.

On Sunday night the atmosphere at Berkane Municipal Stadium was electric as RS Berkane hosted Egyptian giants Zamalek in the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup Final. 

Despite securing a 2-1 victory, both coaches expressed concerns over their teams' performances and emphasized the need for improvement in the return leg in Cairo on May 19.

RS Berkane, head coach Mouin Chaabani while pleased with the win cautioned his team against complacency.

"I am happy with the home win which was attributed to a very good first half that we had, though there was visible laxity in the second half, which is something we have to improve on," Chaabani commented.

 "We are going to Egypt, and we know it will not be an easy game. We have to change our strategy and ensure we rectify our mistakes to be able to get positive results," he added.

RS Berkane took an early lead in the match with a penalty converted by captain Issoufou Dayo in the 13th minute followed by Adil Tahif doubling their lead in the 32nd minute. 

However, the second half saw a diminished intensity from Berkane allowing Zamalek to pull one back through Seifeddine Jaziri just after the break.

Zamalek’s coach José Gomes shared his frustration regarding his team's performance, particularly their slow start. 

"I am not happy with the way we started the game and not happy with how we conceded goals," Gomes stated. 

"I can’t say we played badly, but we didn’t play as we wanted. We prepared well for this game to come and win. Now we will have to prepare for the next game in Cairo, and we hope for a better game."

Both coaches agreed that their teams did not play to their full potential and recognized the imperative to adjust their strategies before the next encounter. 

 With a slim lead Berkane has the advantage but faces the daunting task of defending it away from home. 

Meanwhile, Zamalek buoyed by their away goal, will be eager to leverage their home crowd to overturn the deficit and claim the coveted trophy.

The return leg in Cairo promises to be a thrilling contest as both teams strive to address their shortcomings in the quest to win the title.

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