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Ferreira announces leaving Zamalek
Jesualdo Ferreira announced in a statement on Saturday that he will leave his post as Zamalek manager.
The 69-year-old decided to unilaterally cancel his contract with Zamalek which originally expires by the end of the season.
“For months, Zamalek chairman has been trying to force me to leave the club and tried to interfere in my technical work,” Ferreira said in a statement on his Facebook account.
“He stopped paying my salary and the salary of my assistants as well for the past three months. He also didn’t pay our bonuses for winning the league and the cup.”
“I sent them a warning that I’ll break the contract if they didn’t pay us in a week, but no one in the club cared to respond to the warning.”
Ferreira said that he rejected several offers from other clubs because he loved Zamalek and wanted to win more titles with the club.
“Today, and after four rounds of the league, I leave Zamalek with more points in the league table than archrivals Al Ahly.”
Ferreira expressed his gratitude to Zamalek fans, who supported him and fought for the club.
“They were a major factor in the victories and helped us through all difficulties.”
Ferreira thanked Zamalek players and described them as “his family” saying that they were the main reason behind all the victories.
“The players and the fans were the reason I renewed my contract.”
Ferreira signed a new one-year contract in August, which was to keep him at the club until the end of the season. It was reported after his contract extension that Ferreia receives a salary worth $50,000 (over 390k EGP) per month.
“It is impossible to continue with a club when his chairman doesn’t want you to stay and always talks behind your back in a bad way,” Ferreira concluded his statement.
The Portuguese coach led the White Knights to win the Egyptian Premier League title for the first time since 2004.