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'I had offers from Belgian and Dutch clubs': Zamalek boss Mido

The Whites' coach says he has ambitions to coach European clubs in the future, yet likely he will stay on for Zamalek's next season

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Monday 21 Jul 2014
Zamalek coach Ahmed Hossam "Mido" celebrates his team's victory against Smouha in the Egypt Cup final soccer match at Air Defence "30 June" stadium in Cairo July 19, 2014. (Photo:Reuters)
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Zamalek coach Ahmed 'Mido' Hossam says he's had two offers from Belgian and Dutch clubs after hinting that he could leave his post earlier this month.

Zamalek lost the league title to rivals Ahly after their 2-1 defeat to Smouha in the last round of the league's final phase. Mido asked the club's management if he could quit – but decided to stay on after they renewed their confidence in his technical staff.

Mido won his first title with the Cairo giants after clinching the Egypt Cup on Saturday.

"After only two hours of announcing my resignation, I had two offers – one from an Egyptian club and another from the Kuwaiti league. Also, I had two other offers from Belgian and Dutch clubs," Mido said in TV statements late on Sunday.

"The coaching license prevented me from accepting an offer from a first-division club in the Netherlands.

"My own ambitions are different from those of other Egyptian coaches. I am looking forward to working as a coach in Europe and I have the necessary requirements as I speak five languages," he concluded.

The former Egypt nomadic striker has vast experience in European fields as he played for more than 10 years with famous clubs like Ajax, Marseille, Roma, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.

At 31-years-old, Mido is the youngest coach in Egyptian football history. After his recent triumph with Zamalek at Egypt Cup, it seems he will remain in his post with the Whites in the new season. 

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