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Serbian Zeljko Zejevic, coach of the Guinean Slack team, expressed his great happiness against facing Zamalek in the quarter-finals of the African Club Basketball Championship (BAL), noting that Al-Abyad is one of the strongest African teams.
Zamalek is preparing to face Guinean Slack on May 21, in the quarter-finals of the African Club Basketball Championship (BAL).
Zelico said in exclusive statements to “Masrawy”: “In the beginning, I would like to say that this is the first time that we are among the top 8 teams in Africa, and this came after we passed the qualifiers; It was a huge miracle to get to the finals.”
He added: “As for facing Zamalek, We are happy and proud to play the quarter-final match against Zamalek, because we will try to give our best against one of the strongest teams in the continent.”
The Guinean Slack coach confirmed: “Zamalek is a very difficult team with high-quality players, and they will try to give everything they have to keep the championship title for the second year in a row, and I am not afraid to face them. I faced Egypt in the last Afrobasket Championship and I was not afraid at the time; We’re going to play good basketball and don’t think too much about who we’re going to play against.”
Zeljko Zesevic responded to a question, “Is his team unlucky to face Zamalek in the quarter-finals?” He said: “I cannot say that my team is unlucky because we will face the defending champion, and I think we are happy and proud at the same time because we will play against one of the strongest teams in Africa.”
He added, “On a personal level, I am happy and proud of this opportunity, and we will try to give our best in this match, and from it we will get a lot of experience that will help us in the future.”
And he talked about the best player in Zamalek from his point of view and said: “Anas Osama is the best player in Zamalek, and I think that he is the best in the Egyptian team as well; He can change the course of the match and it is difficult to take the ball from him, and I see that he will be the future of Egyptian basketball and he will be one of the best players in his position in the championship.”
He revealed the method that he will rely on against Zamalek and said: “We must take care of defending against a team the size of Zamalek, because its players excel in skill, and I am not sure that defense is the only thing we can do against Zamalek, but it will be important, of course, in the match.”
The Guinean Slack coach continued his talk about the team nominated for the BAL title and said: “I think that the candidate to win the second championship will be from North Africa, and I think that Zamalek will be one of the parties to the final match, but the Tunisian Union of Monastir is also strong; The idea of basketball in the Arab world has become very strong, so I chose for the final to be one of the sides of an Arab team, and the closest to them will be Zamalek.”
Zeljko Zesevic concluded his speech about the chances of the Guinean Slack in the BAL Championship and said: “My current thinking is to prepare my team for the Zamalek match, and if Zamalek wins the match, I will shake hands with its coach and players, and I hope that reciprocity will be on their part, and this will make everyone happy in the end.”
The Serbian coach previously took over the technical leadership of the Egyptian national basketball team from 2009 to 2011.
Zamalek qualified for the quarter-finals after leading the Nile group, which was held at Dr. Hassan Mostafa Hall in the Sixth of October City.
The BAL African Basketball Championship finals will be held at the Kigali Arena in Rwanda from May 21 to 28.
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