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Hazem Emam reveals intention to run for Zamalek presidency
Zamalek legend Hazem Emam spoke about turning down an offer to work at Zamalek and the possibility of running for the club’s presidency.
Emam had a short managerial spell at the White Castle as he worked as an assistant of coach Ahmed Hossam ‘Mido’ earlier this season. However, they were both sacked by club chairman Mortada Mansour after only seven games in charge.
The former Egypt international revealed that Mansour approached him to be a member of Alex McLeish’s technical staff following the appointment of the Scottish manager.
“Mortada Mansour called me after the club announced Alex McLeish as the new Zamalek manager. He wanted me to be McLeish’s assistant but I declined; I just left two weeks ago, why would I return now?,” Emam said in a televised interview on Al-Hayat channel.
“I think Mido did great work in our short spell. We focused and gave it our all in the seven games we were managing the team,” he added.
Emam, who’s a fan favorite, also discussed the possibility of becoming the Zamalek president, and whether he’d run for presidency in the next elections.
“Of course I am keen to become Zamalek president, but I think I won’t run for presidency in the upcoming elections, maybe the one after next,” he added.
“If I became the club president in the upcoming elections, my time now won’t be fully dedicated to Zamalek, as I travel frequently due to my work in the media. This may suit a board member but not a president,” Emam concluded.