Office attack is part of conspiracy against Zamalek: Club boss

Mahmoud Elassal, Sunday 11 Aug 2013

Zamalek president Abbas claims attack on club headquarters was not by their fans pressing for his ouster, but is part of a scheme for them to lose CAF

Mammdouh Abbas
Zamalek boss Mammdouh Abbas (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Zamalek president Mamdouh Abbas is confident that those who tried to invade the club's headquarters in Mit Oqba, Giza on Saturday to demand he step down are not even Zamalek fans.

"I am sure those who tried to storm through the club's gate are not Zamalek fans," Zamalek's official website quotes Abbas.

Security forces managed to subdue the hundreds of reported Zamalek fans at the headquarters, leading to confrontations and some minor injuries.

The 'fans' accuse the famous businessman, Abbas, of failing to solve the club's long-standing financial crises and poor management which forced players like Ibrahim Salah, Sabri Rahil and Ahmed El-Shennawy to leave the club, in addition to former coach Jorvan Vieira, who quit as the club's board failed to meet his demands.

"The main propose of the demonstrators is to stop the first football team from winning the CAF Champions League series," he added.

Abbas thanked the Zamalek's hardcore supporters, White Nights, for backing the team despite the current unrest within the club.

The wave of anger comes just a week after the team's defeat in the African Champions League against AC Leopards 1-0.

The game was abandoned by the team's skipper and goalkeeper, Abdel-Wahed El-Sayed and former Egypt captain Ahmed Hassan after an argument with Abbas over their late salaries.  

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