Ferreira discusses relationship with Mansour, calls for less criticism on Morsy
Zamalek president Mortada Mansour has a strong personality while Bassem Morsi’s critics should leave him alone, according to Portuguese coach Jesualdo Ferreira.
Mansour has previously criticized the 69-year-old coach on several occasions in public due to his technical decisions, the most severe incident was after Zamalek’s loss to Al Ahly in Egypt Super Cup final, which almost resulted in the ousting of the Portuguese manager as the team’s coach, but Ferreira says that, despite all that, they are on a very good terms.
“From day one after dealing with this man [Mansour] I found him with strong personality and dedicating all his work for the benefit of the team. I have a very good relationship with him, you can ask him regarding that and everybody knows Mortada Mansour more than I do.”
What about the last conflict?
“Sometimes a person says some stuff that he didn’t intend to say and Mansour insanely adores Zamalek.”
What’s your comment on the new signings?
“They are exeptional signings and all of them have huge abilities. I still haven’t decided who will leave the team, everybody is staying at the time being because the team is on the edge of a difficult phase and we need everyone.”
How do you see the criticism for Bassem Morsi?
“Bassem is currently one of the best strikers in Egypt. It’s strange that the same Egyptian media that were full of praise of Morsi and just after a short period of goal-drought they harshly attacked him, I don’t know the reason for this. Leave him alone, he is physically exhausted just like the rest of the players due to playing games in a very short interval of time either with Zamalek or with Egypt national team, there is no player in the world who plays that lot of games and doesn’t get a rest, the Egyptian calendar is tiring and not organized indeed.”
What is your impression about Egypt now after the period you have spent in the country so far?
“Believe me, my love to Egypt and Egyptians keeps growing everyday and I am not exaggerating if I say that I adored Egypt and Zamalek from first sight as they say. I came here and I wasn’t afraid knowing that Egypt is a country with a high level of security and safety.”
One last word?
“I came to Zamalek with my own will and nobody forced me on anything. One last thing, I want to stay here to win more titles and I dream of seeing the fans back in stadiums because football is nothing without them.”
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