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Sporting 'crazy' for signing Shikabala: Ex-Ahly boss Jose

Ahly legend Manuel Jose says Shikabala's troubles at Sporting Lisbon were predictable

Omar Zaazou , Friday 21 Nov 2014
Manuel Jose
Former Portuguese coach Manuel Jose of Egypt's Al Ahly (Photo: Reuters)

Former Ahly manager Manuel Jose has labeled the signing of Shikabala by Sporting Lisbon as crazy, hitting out at the Portuguese side for recruiting a player whom he described as "totally irresponsible."

Shikabala, who was dramatically signed in a deadline-day transfer deal from Zamalek in January, has failed to show up at training since he linked up with Egypt for two African Cup of Nations qualifiers in September.

"I expected Shikabala's current status at Sporting long before the club signed him because the Egyptian has an irresponsible attitude," Jose told Portuguese radio channel Antena 1 on Friday.

"If you asked me about Shikabala, I would say he is a little genius, but I would never advise signing him, because that would be crazy!

"He does not accept orders from anyone, he is totally irresponsible! They should have saved the money they paid to seal his deal."

The 68-year-old Jose had two spells at the helm of Sporting, the first of which came in 1985 before returning to the Lions five years later.

In Egypt, Jose holds a cult status among Ahly's faithful after steering the Reds to record-breaking triumphs on both domestic and continental fronts during three different stints in Cairo.

His most successful tenure at Ahly's helm came between 2003 and 2009 which saw him guide the club to three Champions League and five Egyptian league titles.

Recent media reports indicated that the Portuguese tactician did not rule out taking over the Egypt hot seat, after the seven-time African champions have uncharacteristically failed to qualify for the Nations Cup tournament for three times in a row.    

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