Ibrahim Hasaan’s second half goal was all that Zamalek needed to edge Hassania Agadir in a Caf Confederation Cup quarter-final, second leg match in Suez on Sunday.
Hassan struck four minutes into the second half to hand Zamalek a 1-0 aggregate victory following a goalless draw in the reverse fixture in Morocco.
With the win, Zamalek’s semi-final opponents would be confirmed next week when Etoile du Sahel and Al Hilal meet in another quarter-final, return match.
The semi-final appearance will see Zamalek enhancing their chances of lifting their first trophy in African club competitions since bagging the 2003 Caf Super Cup.
Hassania Agadir provided some stern challenge for Zamalek but eventually succumbed to Hassan’s volleyed goal following a poor defensive clearance by the Moroccan visitors.
It was not an esy evening for Zamalek who lost star Tunisian midfielder Ferjani Sassi 16 minutes into the match due to injury and coach Christian Gross was forced fo adjust by bringing in Mohamed Ibrahim.
Ibrahim was to miss two good chances as he shot narrowly wide on both occassions in the first half.
Knowing that an equaliser would take them to the semifinals, Hassania Agadir pushed with substitute Karim El Berkaoui coming close, while Imad Kimaoui was denied by the woodwork.
Zamalek also showed keeness to extend their lead as Hassan had a goal right at the death disallowed for handball.