CAIRO – 17 April 2018: Port Said Stadium hosts the second leg of the CAF Confederation Cup play-off round between Al-Masry and Gabon’s Mounana on Tuesday night.
Al-Masry players hope to reach the competition group stage for the first time in their history, having been eliminated from the play-off round last year after losing to Uganda’s Kampala Capital City.
Al-Masry enters the game with an away goal advantage, as the first leg ended with a 1-1 draw, and a barren draw will be enough for the Egyptian side to go through.
Al-Masry striker Ahmed Gomaa opened the score for his team after 15 minutes, while Abdou Djamilou Atchabao equalized for Mounana in the second half to end the first leg 1-1.
Al-Masry manager Hossam Hassan spoke about the first leg in Liberville, telling CAF’s website, “We played a good game in Libreville and deserved to win. We suffered from the climate and humidity in Gabon, but still took the lead and were about to win.”
Hassan had amazing achievements on the African level as a player and he hopes to win his first African title as a manager.
As a player, he won four African Cup Winners' Cup titles and the 1987 African Cup of Champions Clubs with Al-Ahly.
Hassan also won the 2002 CAF Champions League title and the 2003 CAF Super Cup during his time with Zamalek.
“We just played one half, and there is still a second half in Port Said. We can win and qualify to the group stage for the first time in Al-Masry's history. This is going to be a great feat and I believe we deserve to do that,” Hassan added.