Mohamed Helmy reveals bizarre clash with Shikabala
Helmy returned to Zamalek’s coaching staff as the team’s head coach in November 2016 after Momen Soliman resigned. However, he left the team a few months later as he failed to lead them to a better league position.
The former manager spoke about a dispute with Zamalek’s legend Mahmoud Abdel-Razik Shikabala saying that the player refused to play in the team’s match against arch-rivals Al Ahly in the first leg of the league.
“During the match warm up, Stanely was injured and the team’s medical staff told me that he will not be able to play,” Helmy told LTC TV channel. “Stanely then told me that he can play in the second half as a substitute, but I insisted that he starts the game and then substitute him with Shikabala. The backup plan was starting with Shika.”
He, however, revealed that when he informed Shikabala about the situation and that he might start the game, the player showed disrespect to the decision.
“I was surprised by his response. This was the first time I face such a situation in my footballing career,” he added. “I considered this as a refusal to start but he played later on in the game as a third substitute because I didn’t have a lot of players at that time.”
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