Moroccan outfit MAS Fes find themselves with a tall mountain to climb when they visit their Egyptian counterparts Zamalek in this Sunday's Orange CAF Champions League 1/8th finals return leg. The 2011 Ornage CAF Confederation Cup holders lost 2-0 at home in the first leg to score at least twice without reply in Cairo to take the game to a shootout. MAS manager Rachid Toaussi told Cafonline.com that he told his charges there's nothing called impossible in football, and that they can reverse their home loss and produce on the tournament's biggest comebacks .
How do you see the match this weekend considering you are 2-0 down from first leg?
There's nothing called impossible in football. We made lots of ridiculous mistakes in the first leg, and besides we weren't lucky in that game. In addition to that my players are exhausted. We had played more than 85 competitive games in barely a year and half. We'll do our best not to repeat these mistakes and hope that we are a bit lucky this time. And who knows we might be the ones who will be smiling at the end. We came here to win.
But it won't be easy to beat a team like Zamalek at home?
I didn't say it's going to be easy, but we will do our best. I told the players to follow the tracks of our compatriots Raja Casablanca who reversed a similar score to qualify over Zamalek 6 years ago in the Arab Champions League. I know my players will do anything to get a win and the board promised them mouth watering rewards if they pull off the win that will see us through.
How are your preparations going?
We had our regular games in the Moroccan Championship and we'll have a couple of training sessions in Cairo. I believe my boys are ready and focused on this game.
Are you missing any players for this match ?
Samir Zekroumi is suspended and he did not come with us to Cairo. But our first choice goalkeeper Anas Zniti is back from injury and fit for the game. Also our start striker Abdel Hady Halhoul served his match suspension and will be ready to lead our strike force.
What will you tell your players before the game?
I will tell them nothing is impossible in football. We'll play without any pressure and have to remain calm from the first whistle till the very end. The players have to remain focused and determined to win, and make use of the empty stands in their favor. We can do it.