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Zamalek's chairman denies magic claims, harangues sacked coach Mido

Mansour harshly insulted Mido after his recent claims about the use of magic at Zamalek

Ahram Online , Saturday 13 Feb 2016
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Zamalek chairman Mortada Mansour has vented his anger on the club's former coach Ahmed 'Mido' Hossam, insisting that his recent claims about Mansour using magic to achieve better results last season are totally false.

Late Friday, Zamalek’s sacked coach Mido said Mansour relied on imposters pretending to be sorcerers to improve results last season, saying the chairman was interfering in his work.

"Mido's claims are totally false. Did we win the league last season by magic? Did we also win the Egypt Cup and Africa's handball cup titles by magic? He must prove what he said with evidence," Mansour said in a video published by the club's official website early Saturday.

"Mido insulted Zamalek and fans with these declarations and I won't stand silent against this behaviour," added Mansour who harshly insulted the former Ajax, As Roma and Tottenham star in the video.

The 33-year-old Mido was shown the door following Tuesday’s 2-0 Cairo derby loss to Ahly that left Zamalek seven points adrift of their bitter rivals at the top of the Egyptian Premier League table.

The outspoken Mansour is no stranger to controversy, having said more than once that Zamalek were suffering from “black magic” used by opponents. He insisted he was serious.

Zamalek, boosted by the arrival of some marquee signings, claimed the domestic double last season, but their performances have been stuttering of late.

They drew once and lost twice in seven matches under Mido, who was the team’s third coach of the season after Portugal's Jesualdo Ferreira and Brazilian Marcos Paqueta.

Former Zamalek player Mohamed Salah took charge of Zamalek on an interim basis and will lead them when they face Wadi Degla on Sunday.

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