Zamalek chairman vows to address players' woes

Eslam Omar, Tuesday 27 Dec 2011

Mamdouh Abbas says absent players will return to team while three new up-and-comers will be landed in January

Mamdouh Abbas
Zamalek's new chairman Mamdouh Abbas

Zamalek Chairman Mamdouh Abbas has said he was working on solving all the football team’s problems, including longstanding financial issues and the lack of commitment on the part of some players.

“We’re watching talented players and we plan to land three in various positions during the winter transfer window,” Abbas told an Egyptian TV sports program without specifying the names or positions in question.

Abbas, who last week was reinstated by an administrative court after rival Mortada Mansour withdrew his appeal against the club’s presidential election results, backed the technical staff guided by coach Hassan Shehata, who were appointed by his temporary replacement, Galal Ibrahim.

“We trust the technical staff to end the club’s championship drought and I will do my best to solve players’ problem,” Abbas stressed.

Zamalek's Hussein Yasser (L), Amr Zaki (C) and Hazem Emam (R)

The White Castle boss hinted that former Wigan striker Amr Zaki, who stopped training with the team last month, would soon be back.

“I’ve reached an agreement with Zaki and he has respected it until now. I promise his case will be closed soon,” Abbas insisted.

As for Qatari midfielder Hussein Yasser Mohamady, who engaged himself with Belgium side Lierse S K after terminating his contract with the Cairo giants for not receiving his salary, Abbas claimed he had been “stolen” from the club and that “he would be back home in January.”

Abbas continued by saying he would end winger Hazem Emam’s current dilemma amicably after the player illegally absconded to Saudi Arabia where he signed a contract with Faisaly.

“It’s up to Hassan Shehata to decide whether he wants Emam or not, but he’s a key factor in Zamalek and I will not sell him – but I might loan him,” Abbas said.

The 23-year-old Emam is expected to meet manager Shehata Tuesday to apologise for his behaviour in an attempt to reach agreement about his future with the club.

The Whites are bidding for their first Egyptian Premier League title since 2004, being fourth in the table with 16 points – 9 points behind leaders Haras El-Hodoud.

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