CAF Confederation Cup: Our approach to Zamalek’s game will be different in Kumasi – Karim Zito

Published on: 25 April 2024

Dreams FC coach Abdul Karim Zito says his outfits approach to the second leg of the CAF Confederation Cup semifinals will be different from the first leg.

The Still Believe lads are making waves in their maiden participation adopted a defensive strategy to deny Zamalek from scoring at the Cairo International Stadium last Sunday.

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, Dreams FC are gearing up for a crucial encounter against the experienced Egyptian side.

“As a coach, you have to strategize against the good and bad side of your opponent. Zamalek’s squad is full of national team players. They could have destroyed our team if we had open up. So I decided to frustrate them with a defensive approach and it worked”

“We sat back and relied on counter break. We could have even scored in Egypt had we not lose focus at certain point. So the game plan was to hold and denied them the space to operate. I succeeded in taking off some of their key players and I was happy about it but the approach will be different in Kumasi” he told Wontumi FM monitored by

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.

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.