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Issoufou Dayo flirts with revenge for 2019 defeat

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Two-time TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup champions, RS Berkane are eyeing revenge over Egyptian foes, Zamalek SC in the two-legged final of the competition starting on Sunday evening at the Berkane Municipal Stadium.

The Moroccan side were denied their first continental title by the Egyptians five years ago and the two-legged Final repeat presents the ideal opportunity for them to not only clinch their third title, but avenge a defeat that dates back to 2019 in what was Zamalek’s only TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup title.

This is what coach Mouin Chaabani and his captain, Dayo Isoufou had to say ahead of Sunday’s clash set to kick off at 20h00 Local Time (19h00 GMT).

 Mouin Chaabani

“We are in a tricky situation as we have injured players who we hope will be available before the decisive second leg against Zamalek. We are dealing with the absence of several key players, including Abdelkarim Baadi, Oussama Lamlioui, Youssef El Fahli, and Youssef Zghoudi.

However, this doesn’t mean we are going to be pushovers. We respect Zamalek and we will ensure that we utilise the home advantage by working hard to get positive results in what will be a tough match”.

Dayo Isoufou 

“As captain of the team, I always try to bring the calm and the serenity to all my teammates. We have a lot of promising players.

In 2019, I played the final against Zamalek and unfortunately, we didn’t win. It is a bad memory for me. I think that we have lost something in Egypt in 2019 and we must bring it back home this time round.

It will not be easy against a good side like Zamalek but as players we are motivated to get the trophy and to make our fans happy”

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