The media spokesman for Zamalek Club, Essam Salem, revealed the latest scenes of that crisis and the team’s preparations for the African confrontation, saying: “We expected the African Union to reject the club’s management request, especially after the Senegalese team stuck to the meeting on time, so we asked the players not to hold hopes. It is great to postpone the match, to prepare for it, and to be prejudiced as much as possible. “
Salem added in statements to “Sky News Arabia”: “We cannot currently object to the (CAF) decision, due to lack of time, and we do not want to disperse the players. We trust in the ability of the team members to win and overcome difficult circumstances.”
Behind the scenes of the crisis
In response to a question regarding who is responsible for that problem, Salem explained: “The crisis resulted from an emergency, and we cannot be held accountable. We tried to solve the problem as quickly as possible.”
The Zamalek media spokesman also revealed his communication with the airline responsible for the team’s trip to Senegal, stressing that it had organized many African teams on its continental and international trips, and at the head of those teams was the Egyptian Al-Ahly Club, and more than one mission for the Egyptian youth soccer team.
Salem added, “The company assured us that the team’s plane had received a warning from one of the control towers, as soon as it entered the Mauritanian airspace, which caused the plane to land in Algeria until the resolution of that crisis, which took a number of hours, and resulted in the team being late for a day. Whole”.
Zamalek has no choice but to win in the difficult confrontation, after it tied against Mouloudia Algeria at the start of its campaign in the group stage in the African championship, to preserve its chances of climbing to the next round early, and moving away from the “game of accounts.”
Salem explained that the administration is afraid of losing the team in the next match, due to its impact on the current crisis, adding: “The players will go to the match, in difficult circumstances, and of course we are afraid of losing, because it will make our tournament difficult, and it will also increase the anger of the fans, and create additional pressure on the players.” And management “
He concluded his speech by saying: “We hope that the players of Zamalek will be up to the responsibility, and this is our pledge to them.”