Belgian coach Meeuws quits Wadi Degla by mutual consent

Hatem Maher, Friday 29 Jun 2012

Walter Meeuws steps down as coach of Egyptian Premier League side Wadi Degla

Walter Meeuws

Belgian coach Walter Meeuws has left Wadi Degla by mutual consent, the Egyptian Premier League club said on Friday.

The 60-year-old had one year to run on his contact but Wadi Degla opted to part company with him due to mounting financial difficulties.

Degla, like most of the Egyptian clubs, have been suffering the dire consequences of domestic football stoppage, enforced following February's Port Said tragedy which left dozens dead and hundreds injured.

The privately-owned club, who could no longer afford Meeuws' salary, promoted assistant coach Hesham Zakaria to the manager role.

Zakaria was in charge of Degla when they sealed Premier League promotion in 2010 but was replaced with Meeuws, who guided the team to a 12th-place finish in the 16-team table.

Meeuws's Degla future was thrown into doubt in October last year when he was seriously injured in a road crash, undergoing two surgeries after suffering internal bleeding and a vertebral dislocation.

However, he said he was grateful to Egyptian fans after they donated blood to him in the wake of Degla's bus crash, which left a dressing-room attendant dead.

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