CAIRO: Portuguese football coach Jesualdo Ferreira announced Saturday he unilaterally canceled his contract with Zamalek SC, citing “interference in his work” by the club’s Chairman Mortada Mansour.
“It´s a very sad day but I want to announce that I finished my contract with Zamalek and I´m doing this statement for all the fans. As you know for many months the President is fighting against our staff and trying to interfere in our work. Also, he didn’t pay us for the last 3 months and also didn´t pay the bonus for that we achieved,” Ferreira, who is currently in a holiday in Portugal, posted in his Facebook page Saturday.
Ferreira’s contract with Zamalek originally expires by the end of the season.
After losing the Egypt Super Cup title to Ahly mid-October, Mansour vowed to freeze the authority of Ferreira over the team and threatened to appoint two previous Zamalek players to coach the team in order to force him to leave ahead of the 2016-2017 Season.
“This looser caused Zamalek to lose two titles in a row, thus I have called on the Zamalek duo to take over and if he doesn’t agree he can leave,” Mansour said in phone call with Al Hayat T.V. station.
Ferreira, who took over in March, has lead Zamalek to win the Egyptian Premier League and the Egypt Cup.
“It is impossible to continue with a club when his chairman doesn’t want you to stay and always talks behind your back in a bad way,” Ferreira said.