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Fathi Mabrouk upset over humiliation at Al Ahly, won’t coach Zamalek
Former Al Ahly manager Fathi Mabrouk said that he was attacked from inside the club during his reign as a manager at the Red Castle, asserting that he won’t coach Zamalek.
Mabrouk was sacked after Al Ahly’s home defeat against Orlando Pirates in the semi-final of the CAF Confederation Cup. Abdel-Aziz AbdelShafy was then named as a caretaker until Jose Peseiro was appointed as head coach.
The 64-year-old said on Sunday in an interview on Egyptian channel MBC Masr that he was attacked from the club’s media sector, denying that he claimed there was a conspiracy against him.
“I said I was attacked from inside Al Ahly and didn’t say I was facing a conspiracy, and I meant some individuals who belong to Al Ahly media sector. There are people who attacked me and I didn’t know why…they are journalists, who have major influence on Al Ahly media sector.
“The media sector at Al Ahly used to defend the team and the board’s decisions fiercely, but this didn’t happen with me,” Mabrouk said.
Mabrouk said that he’s confident of his abilities as a manager, saying that no one blamed him and everyone knew he was a victim.
“Whoever criticized and attacked me knows nothing about football, I played modern football. I used new and modern tactics and succeeded in developing several players. I also played offensively in the 28 games I managed,” he said.
The former Al Ahly player expressed his sadness over the way he exited the club, saying that it was humiliating.
”I met with Al Ahly president Mahmoud Taher after I was fired and expressed to him how upset I am from the humiliations I faced. He apologized and promised he’d make it up for me but so far, he did nothing,” Mabrouk explained.
Mabrouk said that if he ever returned to coach Al Ahly, his management style would definitely change.
”I gave my life in service for Al Ahly and was always there when it needed me. If I return it will be a very strong return; people tell me I’m very kind and football doesn’t need soft people,” he said.
After being asked whether he would take over Zamalek following rumors of Jesualdo Ferreira’s exit, Mabrouk said,” El Gohary was raised in Al Ahly and he went on to manage Zamalek, a professional manager manages any club.”
Mabrouk, however, denied any possibilities of him managing the White Knights.
“I would never manage Zamalek because I belong to Al Ahly and owe them a lot and that would make the fans angry which is something I don’t want to do,” Mabrouk said.
”The football sector in Zamalek is quite good and I expect a tough rivalry with Al Ahly in the coming period,” he concluded.