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Mortada Mansour: Momen Soliman was better than Sundowns coach


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Zamalek chairman Mortada Mansour defended coach Momen Soliman following the White Castle’s 3-1 aggregate loss against Mamelodi Sundowns in the CAF Champions League final.

Despite winning the second leg 1-0 at the Borg El-Arab Stadium in Alexandria, Zamalek lost the title as they had lost 3-0 in the away game at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in South Africa.

Soliman was criticised by a number of former Zamalek players following the loss, but Mansour defended him and expressed his support for the technical staff.

“I admonish the Zamalek legends who criticised Momen Soliman after losing the final, to the degree that some such as Gamal Abdel Hamid described him as being less smart than the Sundowns coach,” Mansour told ON Sports satellite channel.

“Momen was 100 times better than the Sundowns coach. At this time it’s important to support the technical staff who suffered from squad shortage,” he added.

Zamalek finished the CAF Champions League with an incomplete roster after a number of players, who were included in the African squad, left the team. The White Castle also missed the services of Mohamed Ibrahim after he was injured during the group stage.


Photo: Zamalek SC

“There are mistakes that were made when registering players in the African squad, like including Islam Gamal, Ibrahim Salah, and Ali Fathi. These decisions were taken by the previous technical staff headed by Mohamed Helmy,” Mansour explained.

Soliman took over at Zamalek in August replacing Mohamed Helmy who resigned following their defeat against Sundowns in CAF Champions League group stage.

Mansour denied being the reason behind the departure of several players who were included in the African squad, saying that each one of them left for a different reason that didn’t involve him.

“Koffi escaped, [Mohamed] Ibrahim got injured, Omar Gaber went abroad, Kahraba left because of his problem with Helmy, Ibrahim Abdel-Khalek was a part of Stanley’s deal, and Hazem Emam left because he threatened his teammate with a knife,” Mansour explained.

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