Zamalek SC Held to Goalless Draw by Dreams FC in CAF Confederation Cup Semi-Final First Leg

Zamalek SC and Dreams FC draw 0-0 in the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup semi-final. Dreams FC's resilience thwarts Zamalek's efforts, setting up an intriguing second leg in Kumasi.

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Zamalek SC Held to Goalless Draw by Dreams FC in CAF Confederation Cup Semi-Final First Leg

Zamalek SC Held to Goalless Draw by Dreams FC in CAF Confederation Cup Semi-Final First Leg

Egyptian giants Zamalek SC faced a tough match against Ghana's Dreams FC in the first leg of their CAF Confederation Cup semi-final on April 21, 2024 at the Cairo International Stadium. The match ended in a 0-0 draw, with both teams receiving yellow cards in a hard-fought encounter.

Despite Zamalek's dominance in possession, Dreams FC displayed remarkable resilience and held them to a goalless draw. While Dreams FC managed just one shot on target compared to Zamalek's six, they will take many positives from their performance in the first leg.

Zamalek pushed hard to secure a win at home, but Dreams FC's resilience thwarted their efforts. Zamalek's lineup included Mohamed Awad, Mostafa Zenari, Hamza Mathlouthi, Hossam Abdel-Meguid, Ibrahima Ndiaye, Nabil Emad, Ahmed Hamdi, Travis Mutyaba, Mahmoud 'Shikabala' Abdel-Razek, Mostafa Shalabi, and Seif Jaziri. Dreams FC's lineup featured Solomon Agbasi, Abdull Jalilu, McCarthy Ofori, John Anwti, Derrick Atta Agien, Eric Danso, Godfred Atuahene, Sulemana Suweidu, Abdul Aziz Issah, Agyenim Boateng, and Emmanuel Agien.

Zamalek had the better chances but lacked a cutting edge, with Shikabala, Mostafa Shalaby, and Ahmed Hamdi all going close in the first half. Dreams goalkeeper Solomon Agbasi made some good saves to keep the score level. Dreams also had their chances, with John Antwi forcing a good block from Hossam Abdelmaguid.

Why this matters: The match result leaves the tie evenly poised for the return leg. An away goal for Dreams FC in the second leg could prove pivotal in their bid to reach the CAF Confederation Cup final for the first time in their history.

The second leg is scheduled to be played at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi on April 28. Dreams FC, making their debut continental campaign, will look to build on their strong showing in the first leg as they aim to advance to the final. Zamalek SC, seeking their second Confederation Cup title, will need to be more clinical in front of goal to secure a spot in the final against either Algeria's USM Alger or Morocco's RS Berkane.

Key Takeaways

  • Zamalek SC and Dreams FC drew 0-0 in the 1st leg of the CAF Confederation Cup semi-final.
  • Dreams FC displayed resilience to hold Zamalek, who had more shots on target.
  • The 2nd leg will be played in Kumasi, with Dreams FC aiming to reach their 1st final.
  • Zamalek need to be more clinical to secure a spot in the final against USM Alger or RS Berkane.
  • The away goal rule could prove pivotal for Dreams FC in their bid to reach the final.