Patrice Carteron addressed the allegations of match-fixing against CAF Champions League Group D rivals Zamalek, Esperance Tunis and MC Alger.
Last season’s beaten finalists suffered an early exit from the Champions League on Saturday after finishing third in their group behind Esperance and Algiers, who drew 1-1 in the other game of the day.
Zamalek clinched a 4-1 victory over Teungueth and appeared in contention to advance to the knockout stages of the competition after previously qualifying Esperance took the first half lead against their Algerian opponents.
However, the Tunisians’ performance fell sharply in the second half and, after star substitute Anice Badri, the club conceded the goal which ultimately secured MC Alger’s place in the quarter-finals.
The nature of the proceedings raised question marks over the outcome of the match, with local reports suggesting that an investigation could be opened into a possible match-fixing, but Zamalek boss Carteron is reportedly not drawn into the game. such accusations.
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“We played two good games and scored six goals in three games. This is a good thing, but it was not enough for us, “said the Frenchman, per KingFut.”Zamalek, at current level, does not deserve to come out of the Champions League.
“I’m upset to crash out of the tournament, but we scored two points in the first three games, it was not acceptable.
“We will now play in the Egyptian Premier League and the Egyptian Cup. We will fight to raise them both. For me, winning the league is more difficult than winning the Champions League.
“We played well in the first half, and that’s Zamalek’s normal level. We didn’t mind the other game. I don’t think Esperance and MC Algiers agreed to exclude us. are two great teams.
“If I were in Esperance’s place, I wouldn’t have liked a great team like Zamalek to qualify, because facing MC Alger in the future is better for them than facing Zamalek.
I’m very angry with the team’s performance in the first three opening games because that was the real reason we left the Champions League … “