Amota said in the press conference for his team’s match against Palestine tomorrow, Wednesday, in the third group matches of the tournament: “Ashraf Bencharki, unfortunately, was not present with us in the last wait in which we faced Bahrain and Singapore because Halilhodzic (the coach of the first team) needed him.”
And he explained, “Bencharki has made strides since his presence in Wydad and was then the champion (in 2017 against Al-Ahly) and I was present. I think he passed that stage and that championship may be an opportunity to open up other horizons for himself to move to other clubs more distinguished than Zamalek, even if it is Zamalek, me and everyone we consider him from The big clubs in Africa and a permanent competitor for local and continental championships. Perhaps participating with the national team and its pressures give it another strength.”
Bencharki’s contract with Zamalek expires at the end of the current season.
At the same conference, Amota said: “I consider our current squad to be a first row and not a reserve team.”
He added, “Facing Palestine will not be easy. There is no weak opponent. There will be surprises in this tournament, and we must focus to avoid the faltering start.”
He continued, “Our human composition includes good players and their level is close, which makes it more difficult to determine the official formation, and each player will give him his opportunity at the appropriate time.”
He concluded, “We should not underestimate the Saudi team, despite its reliance on young players. It will not be an easy opponent, and we respect all teams.”
The group also includes Saudi Arabia and Jordan, who will meet on Wednesday as well.