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Ferreira: Zamalek fans are dear to my heart
Ex-Zamalek manager Jesualdo Ferriera spoke to Qatar’s Al-Kass Sports Channels about his stint with the White Knights, the fans, and reflected on his success with the Cairo-based club.
Ferriera had announced his departure from Zamalek last November due to tensions with the club’s chairman Mortada Mansour, and he was later appointed as Al-Sadd’s manager. With Zamalek, the manager achieved the domestic double over arch rivals Al Ahly.
The Portuguese manager stressed on the difference between managing in Qatar and in Egypt, and the fan’s stadium ban in Egypt.
“There’s a huge difference. You play more games in Egypt. The league has 34 fixtures and none of the fans are allowed to enter the stadium due to political tension. The fans are more passionate, they truly love football, and they are always cheering,” he explained.
Ferreira then added, “Here in Qatar, many Egyptians greet me and we talk about the level of football in Egypt. I think that’s mainly due to the difference in population and the difference in the game’s popularity.”
The show’s host then asked Ferreira if he still follows Zamalek’s news or if the club became a part of his past that he doesn’t think about.
“Zamalek’s fans always stand by the players and the manager, and I’m very happy to have coached in Egypt. I will always be a fan of Zamalek,” replied the 69-year-old, and continued, “Zamalek hadn’t beat their rivals in 11 years and hadn’t won a single trophy in 27 years, but that changed after I became manager. They are not doing so well this season, but I prefer not to speak about that.”
“Defeating Al Ahly was a great achievement and I take pride in that,” added Ferreira.
Ferreira concluded by expressing his love and appreciation of the fans: “Yes the Zamalek’s fans applaud me and love me, and I love them too.”