Ahly fine Meteb 50,000 EGP; sit star out of Cairo Derby

Ahram Online , Friday 5 Feb 2016

Ahly manager Zizo says the 32-year-old star must apologise for behaviour towards teammate or miss Derby against Zamalek

Emad Meteb
File photo of Ahly striker Emad Meteb (Ahram)

Ahly veteran striker Emad Meteb has been hit on Friday with a 50,000 EGP fine following his row with coach Abdel-Aziz Abdel-Shafi 'Zizo', who sent him out of traning session after engaging in a heated exchange with teammate Saleh Gomaa.

The Cairo giants also decided to drop Meteb from the team's Tuesday roster when they host arch-rivals Zamalek in the Egyptian Premier League. 

Zizo, who led Ahly to three consecutive league wins after recently replacing Jose Peseiro at the helm, had earlier said the 32-year-old would only play in the derby should he apologise.

"Meteb is a great player but I had to send him off [during training] after what happened," Zizo told reporters.

Zizo reportedly told the Ex-Egypt sriker that no matter what prestige he has achieved with the club he must submit to the management's decisions.
It is not clear whether Meteb failed to heed the tactician's instructions to apologise.
Meanwhile, Saleh Gomaa, who was reprotedly scolded by Meteb during practice to Zizo's ire, was not fined.
Meteb has been one of the key players of a hugely successful Ahly side since he made his first team debut in 2004.

The Ahly striker, who now plays a bit-part role with the Cairo giants, led the team to a host of titles including six Egyptian Premier Leagues and three African Champions Leagues. 

He is also lauded for many last-gasp goals which often prove decisive his club.

Saleh Gomaa, who joined the Red Devils in the summer from ENPPI after ending a brief loan spell with Portugal's Nacional, has made a more-than-convincing start with Ahly.

The 22-year-old promising attacking midfielder is likely to start the derby against Zamalek after recovering from a brief injury.

Ahly sit on top of the league table with 35 points, four ahead of Zamalek after 15 matches.

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