CAF Confederation Cup: Complacency could hinder Dreams FC’s progress – Felix Aboagye on Zamalek clash

Published on: 25 April 2024

Former Ghana international Felix Aboagye believes complacency could hinder the progress of Dreams FC in the CAF Confederation Cup.

The Still Believe lads are making waves in their maiden participation after defying all odds to reach the semifinals of the competition.

The Ghana FA Cup holders are one step away from the final after securing an important goalless draw against Zamalek last Sunday.

After holding the 2019 champions to a 0-0 draw in the first leg at the Cairo International Stadium, Dreams FC are gearing up for a crucial encounter against the experienced Egyptian side.

“I saw a viral video of Dreams FC players and technical team celebrating in their dressing room after their first leg draw against Zamalek. The task hasn't ended yet for them to be celebrating without knowing how the second leg will go. Complacency could hinder their progress," he cautioned during an interview with Nimdee FM.

"While North African teams typically dominate the African competition, with Dreams FC being the only West African side this season, it's crucial to remember that Zamalek are formidable travelers," he remarked.

"Yes, we are all applauding them but the task isn't yet ended, the task ahead should be finished which I think is very vital. Zamalek are very good travelers.

All the Arabian clubs are tactically disciplined when playing away so I think they (Dreams) shouldn't start jubilating but they should remain focus and finish the task ahead," he ended.

Zamalek are expected to fly directly to Kumasi on Thursday to continue preparation for the much-anticipated clash this weekend. The Egyptian giants will land in Kumasi at 5pm today.

The Egyptian outfit will train at the match venue 24 hours before kickoff as mandated by the competition's rule and regulations.

Meanwhile, Dreams FC will go into the game with advantage having secured an important goalless draw at the Cairo International Stadium.

Despite creating scoring opportunities, the Ghana FA Cup holders showed resilience and determination and prevented Zamalek from scoring in the first leg.

The match holds immense significance for Dreams FC, as they aim to become the first Ghanaian side in two decades to reach the final of the Confederation Cup. The last time a Ghanaian team achieved this feat was in 2004 when Hearts of Oak and Kotoko faced off in the final, with Hearts emerging victorious.