Completesportsnigeria.com’s ADEBOYE AMOSU beams the searchlight on Zamalek, Entente Setif and Mamelodi Sundowns as these clubs get set to face Nigerian champions Enyimba in the group phase of the CAF Champions League. Here are the clubs’ pedigrees, top players and key HEADLINES
Zamalek represents Enyimba’s biggest threat for a place in the semi-finals in Group B. The White Knights have won the competition five times. They last won the title in 2002.
The Cairo-based side have also been runners-up once and have reached the quarter-finals 15 times.
They are currently coached by Mohammed Helmy who took over in an interim capacity after Scottish coach Alex McLeish left the club last month.
They secured the services of Zambian international Emmanuel Mayuka who once played for English Premier League side Southampton in January.
Zamalek also have some players who are part of the Egyptian national team. They are goalkeeper Ahmed El- Shenawy, defenders Hamada Tolba and Ali Gabr and midfielders Hazem Emam and Tarek Hamed.
Last season, Zamalek won the domestic double for the first time since 1988, but have struggled to make an impact this term.
A skilful winger, the 21-year old is noted for his dribbling skills and ability to cut inside onto his left foot before curling towards goal.
He has deservedly earned himself the status of a super- sub, following some crucial second-half goals which proved vital for his side in recent games.
Zamalek’s top scorer this season. Kahraba is another dangerman Enyimba defenders must be wary of.
A versatile forward, Kahraba could be used as a lone striker to make the most of his ability of making dangerous runs in behind, as well as offering another option on the wing, being equally adept at dribbling and drifting infield.
He could also play centrally behind the centre forward, with his ability to receive the ball behind the opposition’s midfield and surge directly towards their defence.
The flamboyant playmaker in the Zamalek squad. He is the side key man when at his best.
His excellent close control, quick feet and silky through passes will be vital for the Egyptian outfit in the group stage.