Wednesday Aug 14, 2019. 12:15
Zamalek chairman Mortada Mansour has revealed why negotiations with former manager Jesualdo Ferreira fell through.
The Portuguese tactician was approached as one of the candidates to replace Christian Gross at the helm of the White Knights. Ferreira has managed Zamalek before, taking the club to a domestic double in 2015.
This time around, however, the 73-year-old turned down the offer to return to the Egyptian giants.
“Ferreira refused to coach Zamalek for family reasons. All rumours suggesting that Ferreira refused to work due to his old age are completely false,” Mansour explained, as quoted by King Fut.
“Ferreira is still able to work and he welcomed the idea of coaching Zamalek but he’s currently going through some family issues which won’t allow him to work in the upcoming period.
“That’s why he needed a couple of months to rest before taking a decision regarding his future in October, after his issues are over,” the chairman concluded.
Zamalek are currently preparing for the first leg of their CAF Champions League preliminary round tie, which will see them play away to Somali club Dekedaha FC on Friday 16 August.