Zamalek are without a doubt, the best team in Egypt at the present moment. The Cairo based club currently lead their domestic league championship by 6 points with four games still to play. They are a side that have only lost twice in their domestic league in 34 matches, having scored an impressive 62 goals (average just under 2 goals a game).
On current form; Zamalek have fared particularly well winning three out of their last five league encounters and losing only once. They have scored 11 goals and only conceded 2 goals in the process.
In this year’s edition of the Confederations Cup, Zamalek have lost only once. They have played 7 games to date – 5 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss. During the same period they have scored an impressive 13 goals and only conceded 5 times.
Zamalek play a 4-3-3 formation which occasionally becomes a 4-2-3-1 when they want to consolidate their lead.
The main threat for Pirates will likely come from the right flank; this is the side occupied by Bafana Bafana international Thabo Matlaba. He will have to contend with the very skilful and energetic Ayman Hefney and the marauding full back Hazem Emam. Both players are Egyptian internationals and boast experience in the CAF competitions.
Back in 2013, following their humbling 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Mighty Buccaneers, Zamalek tweaked their approach for the return leg which worked in the White Knight’s favour resulting in their 2-1 win over the Buccaneers. In that match, while most of the focus was on the attacking players; the player who caused most of the damage on that day was Ahmed Tawfik who occupied the defensive midfield role in that match. With all the attacking players in Bucs’ defensive-end man marked, Tawfik received the ball in his own half and once he crossed into Bucs’ end of the field there was no Pirates player tracking back with him which resulted in Zamalek having an extra man in attack.