Leaving Zamalek for Wadi Degla 'insane': Mido

Eslam Omar, Monday 14 Apr 2014

Mido criticises Wadi Degla coach Zakariya for statements regarding landing players from Zamalek

Mido, Zamalek's head coach (Photo:Ahram)

Zamalek manager Ahmed 'Mido' Hossam poured scorn Monday morning on statements by Wadi Degla coach Hisham Zakariya in which the latter claimed that players from the Cairo-based club were negotiating with him to join Degla.

"I heard the Wadi Degla coach saying that some players from Zamalek are in contact with him to join [his team] because they don't receive their benefits [from Zamalek]," the 31-year-old wrote on his Twitter account, adding "I advise him to check these players' mental health because whoever wants to leave Zamalek for Degla is insane."

Zamalek are third on the Group B league table with 22 points from 13 games, seven behind Petrojet who played 15 matches, while Degla are fifth with 19 points from 13 matches.

The popular club, Zamalek, has won the Egyptian Premier League 11 times, second after Ahly who holds a record 36 trophies, while the newly-established Wadi Degla club only joined the Premier League in 2011.

Mido reacts after Haras Al-Hodoud win

Mido commented on his team's performance against Haras Al-Hodoud Sunday in the 16th matchday of the Egyptian Premier League, despite the 2-0 win.

"There were many silly mistakes made by some players, but that doesn't mean they delivered a bad performance,'" the tactician said during the post-match press conference.

The former Zamalek striker who played in Ajax, Tottenham, Middlesbrough and other European clubs repeated his praise to goalkeeper Abdel-Wahed El-Sayed for his solid performance, especially as he stopped a penalty kick.

"Abdel-Wahed is not just a player; he has a big rule, the same as the technical staff," Mido declared.

The nomadic forward also said he is focusing on landing new young players, especially as "they are enthusiastic enough and loyal to the club".

The military-owned club are now sixth in the table with 19 points from 13 games.

Read the full match review here

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