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Micho gets chance to win trust at Zamalek

Milutin Sredojevic .
Milutin Sredojevic .
Image: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images

Milutin Sredojevic faces his toughest test yet as Zamalek coach.

Their long-awaited second leg clash against Generation Foot for a place in the group stages of the CAF Champions League will finally be played in Cairo tonight (8pm).

The tie was controversially abandoned by Generation Foot after Zamalek changed the venue of the match hours before kickoff from the Petrosport Stadium in Cairo to the Borg Al Arab Stadium in Alexandria.

The Senegalese club refused to play at a different venue and returned home with their 2-1 advantage from the first-leg.

More controversy was to follow as CAF awarded the Egyptians a walkover and progress to the group stages. However when Generation Foot threatened to report them to the Court for Arbitration in Sport (CAS), they reneged and ordered the match to be played.

Sredojevic needs to win the match to appease the passionate fans and mercurial club president Mortada Mansour. The former Orlando Pirates boss is already under immense pressure after they lost the Egyptian Super Cup 3-2 to arch rivals Al Ahly last month.

After that loss, Mansour told Egyptian media: "We lost due to a mistake in the starting line-up... If Micho started the match with the same line-up as the second half things would have been different."

The winner will join of the tournament alongside TP Mazembe, Zesco United and Primeiro Agosto in group A.

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