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Mido denies betrayal claims, apologises to Zamalek fans

Recently sacked Zamalek manager Ahmed Hossam ‘Mido’ apologised to the fans for the “disappointing” result against Al Ahly, insisting that he had no pre-established plans to quit.

Mido was immediately sacked following the Zamalek match against Al Ahly in the 17th round of the league, which saw the White Castle lose 2-0 in the Cairo derby at Borg Al Arab stadium.

“I didn’t think about quitting before the match, regardless of the result. It never crossed my mind because this is a kind of betrayal and I was 100% committed to the club,” Mido said in a televised interview on Tuesday.

The former Tottenham Hotspur striker said that he wished for the people to respect and appreciate the “risk” he took when he accepted to coach Zamalek at that time. Mido took over at Zamalek earlier in January, following the sacking of Brazilian coach Marcos Paqueta.

“We took charge of the team in a very difficult time, and we were aware of the pressure on us,” he said.

“But this is football, and despite everything, Zamalek will remain my home and I am totally committed to the club and I wish them all the best,” he added.

Mido said that the Zamalek technical team were heavily criticised following their draw with Smouha, despite it coming after four consecutive wins.

“There are certain people who don’t want the youth generation in football – coaches and analysts – to succeed,” he concluded.

Mido also sent a message through his twitter account to the Zamalek fans, players and technical staff following his sacking.

“I apologise to Zamalek fans for disappointing them. I did my best from the very beginning until the end, but I was unlucky. Thank god for everything,” Mido tweeted on Wednesday.

“I would like to thank Zamalek players and the technical staff, especially Hazem Emam, the most respectable person I’ve ever met,” he added.

He also congratulated Al Ahly, who widened the gap with Zamalek to seven points, after their win in the Cairo derby.

“Congratulations to Al Ahly fans for the deserved win. I wish you all the best,” he tweeted.

Following the match, Zamalek board decided to appoint general coach Mohamed Salah as interim manager, until they appoint a foreign manager.

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