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Ahmed Tawfik believes Zamalek will get the better of Mamelodi Sundowns in the 2016 CAF Champions League final.

The Egyptian side is currently in South Africa ahead of the first-leg match against ‘Downs at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The 25-year-old told Sada El Balad that he hopes luck in on the side of the White Knights as they chase their sixth continental championship.

“There are no easy games in football, I hope that luck stands by our side in order to win our sixth Champions League trophy. Although the squad list includes 14 players only, they will do their best to delight Zamalek fans,” Tawfik said.

The midfielder added, “Sundowns has a line of strong, fast forwards, and plays organised football. They can also build up attacks fluently starting from their defense; so they have to be respected. However, I love to play final matches.

“I have won five trophies with Zamalek in my five-year spell at the club, I aim to win my sixth trophy and this will be the Champions League trophy.”

Tawfik wants to see Zamalek respond strongly after suffering a heavy defeat at the hands of Wydad Casablanca in their second-leg semifinal clash last month.

“Whenever big teams like Al Ahly and Zamalek incur a heavy loss, they must respond quickly and strongly. That’s what I’m trying to tell the players in the dressing room,” he explained.

“The players, the coaching staff and the administrative board are all fully cooperating, as we hope to participate in the Club World Cup.”


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