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Mortada Mansour: Sports Minister is responsible for African exit

Mortada Mansour Zamalek President
Zamalek chairman has blamed Egyptian Minister Khaled Abdel-Aziz for the White Castle’s elimination from the CAF Confederation Cup.

The White Knights were knocked out of the CAF Confederation Cup as they lost to Ethiopian side  4-3 on penalties, after a 3-3 aggregate score from both matches of the round of 32.

In a post-match interview, Mansour stated, “We lost today thanks to minister Khaled Abdel-Aziz, who’s destroying the club. The team is collapsing because of your actions.”

Mansour stated, “I am telling the fans that he is responsible for what is happening. Is it logical that a club with a treasurery of more than 200 million EGP, have to request money to pay for the players flights and hotels?”

His statement came in response to the ministry’s decision to form a committee in the club to administer the financial matters, making the club’s board unable to pay the dues and carry out the necessary requirements for the team.

“I am not going to calm down because I am not a puppet. I attended the game while I am sick, whereas the minister did not even bother to show up even though I sent him an invitation,” said the outspoken chairman.

Mansour added, “I am asking the minister, are you destroying Zamalek for the sake of Al Ahly?”

“As a club president, it is very inappropriate that I ask a regular employee for money to pay my players, who joined their training camps without their rewards or salaries,” said Mansour.

“Yes, football is all about winning or losing, but give me the resources that would qualify my players to compete at such levels,” he added.

A pre-dental student majoring in Applied Kinesiology at Rutgers University, Emergency Medical Technician, Reporter at and a devoted Real Madrid fan.

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