Zamalek president claims Mosimane’s agent held negotiations to coach the Whites

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Sunday 13 Mar 2022

Zamalek President Mortada Mansour said in a press conference on Sunday that Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane’s agent and wife contacted Zamalek officially to take over the Whites last month.

Mortada Mansour
Zamalek President Mortada Mansour

He also stressed that he won’t change his mind regarding not renewing the contract of five of the team’s players.

“I swear to God that Mosimane’s wife [who is also his agent] entered negotiations with Amir Mortada [the club's football supervisor] to discuss taking over Zamalek, but I asked Amir not to do so out of respect for Ahly’s fans,” the Zamalek president declared upon unveiling the club’s new coach, Jesualdo Ferreira.

The Whites were searching for a new coach after terminating the contract of French coach Patrice Carteron “amicably” earlier this month before announcing the rehiring of veteran Portuguese tactician Ferreira on 4 March.

On the other side, the future of South African coach Mosimane was in doubt with the Reds for a long time before finally signing a new contract for the club for two more years on 9 March.

After a disappointing home defeat against Wydad that ended their hopes in the Champions League campaign, Zamalek said they will not extend the contracts of Moroccan winger Achraf Bencharki, midfielder Tarek Hamed, and Egyptian international keeper Mohamed Abu Gabal after growing increasingly frustrated with their protracted negotiations.

Zamalek also announced that Moroccan winger Mohamed Ounajem won't have his contract prolonged along with Tunisian off-form striker Seifeddine Jaziri, who will be put up for sale.

On Sunday’s presser, Mansour also vented his anger concerning the five players, stressing that his club’s decision regarding not renewing their contracts is irreversible.

“We won’t reverse our decision regarding renewing the contracts of the five players. It is not related to the loss to Wydad as we took the decision before the match,” Mansour concluded.

The Whites' Chairman revealed he had offered lucrative deals for the players but they had very high demands. 

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