Zamalek president to choose new season’s squad after Egypt Cup exit

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Wednesday 9 Aug 2017

Mortada Mansour accuses the Egyptian Football Association of working against Zamalek’s interest

Zamalek's chairman Mortada Mansour (Ahram)

Zamalek club president Mortada Mansour has vented his anger on his players and the football association after the club’s Egypt Cup exit, insisting that he will be the responsible for choosing the players of the new season’s squad to avoid the scenario of this “exceptional season.”

Zamalek’s woes continued on Tuesday when they were ousted from the Cup after a late 2-0 loss to Masry in the semi-final in Alexandria to finish the season empty-handed.

“I am the one who will make the new season’s roster like I did in 2014. The four or five players who can’t stand on the pitch will be out of the club immediately.

There is no place for emotions in Zamalek anymore,” Mansour told Al-Asema TV station after the match.

“Congratulations to Masry fans, management and technical staff. Zamalek is big club with millions of supporters.

“It was exceptional season for us. It is the year of conspiracies to down Zamalek ahead of the coming elections. A lot of money was paid to make Zamalek lose all titles,” he added.

Mansour also slammed the football association for working against his team’s interest.

“The football association is also responsible for what happened today as they appointed referee Mahmoud Ashour to officiate the match despite our previous official request to exclude him with two others from Zamalek games,” the chairman explained.

“I rescued the referee from the angry fans and players and I took him from the pitch to his room safely,” Mansour concluded.

Zamalek’s rivals Ahly, who are eyeing their first cup title since 2007, meet Alexandria-based club Smouha in the other semi-final on Wednesday.

Zamalek ended the Egyptian league season in the third place with 66 points, 22 behind champions Ahly.

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