Minutes after Ahly won Zamalek 1-0 Sunday night in CAF Champions League group stage, coach Hassan Shehata announced he will quit coaching the Whites.
“My mission with Zamalek has ended. I will quit,” the 63-year-old manager was quoted as saying after the final whistle of the Cairo derby that ended with a single goal for the Reds by Mohamed Abou-Treika header.
But the board member Sabry Serag announced later that the former Egypt coach, who is engagged with the Cairo-based club until next June, was just tense after the defeat and “he didn’t really mean his statements."
“Sports icons should be more responsible before giving such announcement. All what was said about Shehata’s departure is not true,” Serag told the Egyptian Radio Sunday.
Meanwhile, some reports insist that there is an agreement between the club and the coach about a calm divorce and it will be officially decided during the board meeting Monday.
Zamalek assistant coach Ismail Yussif congratulated archrivals after the match and he hailed all Ahly players blaming “lack of fans" for Zamalek's defeat as the match was held behind closed doors due to security concerns.
“Of course a win over Ahly would have boosted us forward in our CAF Champions League bid but manager Hossam El-Badry read the match well and his attacking substitutes proved their upper hands over our defenders,” Yussif said.
Zamalek became bottom of Group B table with no points, after leaders Ahly, 6 points, Ghana’s Chelsea, 4 points and DR. Congo’s Mazembe who have a solitary point following their 2-2 draw with the Ghanaians.
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