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Ismaily boss Mido hands in resignation following Abd-Rabo row
The Northeast giants – who lost only their second game this season on Sunday night against Petrojet – witnessed an ignominous live quarrel on television between manager and captain only three hours following the final whistle.
Speaking to renowned anchor Medhat Shalaby on TEN TV, Mido said the Dervishes board have to choose between him and Abd-Rabo: “Hosni Abd-Rabo has been a problem, one of many off-field problems.”
“He’s recovering from two cruciate ligament injuries, and I’m trying my best to get him back on track; however, his presence has caused problems.
“For example, his brother [ex-Kahrabet Ismailia player] Tarek Abd-Rabo caused an issue when he insulted [former Egyptian international and Ismaily left-back] Ahmed Samir Farag, which caused the latter to file a lawsuit against the former.
“Tarek also caused a major issue when Hosni stormed off the pitch in the game against Ghazl El-Mahalla – exclaiming that his brother is close to leaving the club.
“I’m saying it pretty clearly: Ismaily board have to choose between me and Hosni Abd-Rabo – that’s final; if the board decide to keep him, he won’t play.”
This therefore prompted Abd-Rabo, who’d already given his post-match reflection to Shalaby, to go back on the line.
“Mido thinks he’s coaching Manchester United,” he started. “He insulted me on the phone due to my brother’s actions, and I apologised.
“I’m telling him this: the most omnipotent of forces can’t force me to leave Ismaily and Ismailia. I’m staying at the club, even if it means working as a doorman. You’re speaking about Ahmed Samir Farag and we all know that you want to get rid of him.
“I have no doubt that the board will choose me – Ismailiata know what I’ve done to this club. On the other hand, you swear at the players, Mido.”
Following a brief call by club president Mohamed Aboul-Souod – in which he claimed that the spat is due to a conspiracy against the club – Hosni phoned Shalaby once more to resume his on-air vehement attack against Mido.
“Mido won’t tell us what to do,” he said. “I just want to tell Mr. Mohamed, that I have the people behind me, and if you order me to leave, I won’t – simple as that.
“I just wanted to make it clear that Mido had phoned me regarding the heated reaction that came from the stands when I left the pitch against Ghazl El-Mahalla, and told me that it was someone by the name of Ali Zidan, not Tarek [my brother].
“This is downright injustice. I refused Al Ahly and Zamalek’s millions to stay at Ismaily, my boyhood club.
“One last thing: Mido, don’t think you’ll end my career just like you did with some Zamalek players [in your time there].”