Tuesday Nov 26, 2019. 10:00
Zamalek president Mortada Mansour has typically come out guns blazing following his side’s 2-1 Egyptian Premier League defeat to ENPPI on Monday.
ENPPI had been struggling this season, but claimed a vital win, their first of the campaign, as the expense of a below-par White Knights.
Mansour claimed that the pair of Tarek Hamed and Abdallah Gomaa had refused to play, calling them ‘rebels’, despite the club announcing they were injured for the clash, saying he would “take action” against the duo.
But most of his ire was reserved for referee Mohamed El Sabahy, who he appeared to claim had fixed the match in ENPPI’s favour.
“The referee is the main reason for today’s defeat. El-Sabahy came to bring down Zamalek before their game against Mazembe in the Champions League.
“He ignored a clear penalty in ENPPI’s second goal incident. ENPPI didn’t do anything throughout the game, they reached our goal just twice. Relegation is awaiting them at the end of the season.”
Zamalek are next in action when they travel to Lubumbashi for a tough CAF Champions League encounter with TP Mazembe, with the very real possibility of back-to-back defeats for under-fire coach Micho Sredojevic.