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Zamalek chairman bashes coach Mido, players after Smouha draw

Mortada Mansour said there are players in the squad who won't wear the white jersey again

Mahmoud Elassal , Monday 25 Jan 2016
Zamalek's coach Ahmed "Mido" Hossam reacts after the 1-1 draw with Smouha in the Egyptian premier league on Sunday, 24 January 2016 (Photo: Ahram Sport)

Zamalek chairman Mortada Mansour announced that he would intervene in the coaching staff's decisions starting with the upcoming game, saying that what happened in the Smouha game on Sunday was "shameful."

Zamalek were close to losing the full points from the game against Smouha, but a last gasp goal from defender Hamada Tolba rescued the Whites from conceding their first defeat under the guidance of Ahmed "Mido" Hossam.

The young coach, who replaced Marcos Paqueta after the Brazilian was sacked last month, led Zamalek to four consecutive wins before they were held to a 1-1 draw by a resilient Smouha at Cairo's Petrosport stadium.

"I am informing the technical staff loud and clear that I will intervene in your work starting from tomorrow," Mansour told a television programme after the Smouha draw.

"I repeat it again; I will intervene in your work.

"The champion doesn't lose points, the champion doesn't wing it, he also doesn't like and dislike," he said.

"There are players who don't deserve to wear the Zamalek shirt, and if the coach wanted to play them he can leave with them," Mansour announced.

"There are players in the team that won't work again; they have forgotten how to play football."

"I support Mido but I don't support injustice," the Zamalek chairman concluded.

Following Sunday's draw, Zamalek now lies second in the league table with 31 points, just one point behind leaders Ahly, who defeated Ittihad of Alexandria on Saturday. Ahly and Zamalek clash in the anticipated Cairo derby on 9 February.

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