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Portuguese manager Ferreira to leave Zamalek at season’s end

Jesualdo Ferreira

Zamalek chairman Mortada Mansour revealed that the Portuguese coach Jesualdo Ferreira would leave the team by the end of the current season.

Mansour said that Ferreira informed him he would be working for six months only with Zamalek. The Portuguese coach’s contract continues until the end of the season, with an option to extend.

“Ferreira told me that he is willing to coach Zamalek for six months only, then he will completely retire after sealing the Egyptian league title with Zamalek,” Mansour said in a televised interview.

“If Ferreira decides to stay, we will welcome and support his decision,” he added.

The 68-year-old took charge of Zamalek in February 2015 after Jaime Pacheco, who left Zamalek in mid-season to join Saudi Arabian club Al Shabab.

Mansour concluded his talk about Ferreira by ruling out rumors of his intentions to sack him next month to deprive the latter from earning the league title bonus as some false reports have recently suggested.

Mansour also welcomed the possibility of Ahmed Hossam Mido’s return to lead the White Knights.

“Of course, there’s a possibility that Mido becomes Zamalek new manager,” Mansour said.

The former Tottenham and Ajax striker took over from Helmy Toulan in January 2014 and led Zamalek to the play-off stage of the domestic league, while retaining the Egypt Cup by beating Smouha. He was, however, sacked in July 2014.

Under the leadership of Ferreira, Zamalek have managed to stay at the top of the league table, followed by ENPPI, and then Al Ahly who sit in the third place. Zamalek have also reached the round of 16 of the CAF Confederation Cup, as they will be playing the second leg against Sanga Balende after losing their away game 1-0 to the Congolese side.

Mohammed Salama is a 20-year-old who fell in love with football since Egypt's AFCON final match against Ivory Coast! Strangely enough an Al Ahly and Al Masry fan locally. In addition, he's a hardcore Bayern Munich supporter.

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