Zamalek legend reveals why he turned down Chelsea

Zamalek legend reveals why he turned down Chelsea

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Apr 21, 2017. 13:30

Olympic Club and Zamalek legend Ahmed El-Kass has revealed that he received offers to join Seria A and English Premier League sides after the 1990 FIFA World Cup.

Speaking to DMC TV station, the striker said he refused to play for the Chelsea, AS Roma and Juventus as he opted to remain with Olympic Club for more than 10 years.

El-Kass also played for Zamalek and then ended his career with Ittihad of Alexandria in 2000 - he is the Egyptian Premier League's fifth all-time highest scorer with 107 goals.


“I received offers to join AS Roma, Juventus and Chelsea a couple of years after the 1990 World Cup,” El-Kass told DMC TV channel.

“I refused all offers because of the death of my mother at that time. I was really attached to her.”

He added that if he went back in time he will refuse the offers again for the same reason.

On the other hand, the 52-year-old coach also said that he is not convinced with national team coach Hector Cuper’s style and tactics.

“Egypt can accomplish better achievements with Egyptian coaches like Ahmed Hossam ‘Mido’, Hossam El-Badry, Hossam Hassan and Ihab Galal,” he concluded.

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