A temporary committee has taken charge of Egyptian side Zamalek FC following the suspension of club president Mansour Mortada and his entire board for financial violations among other cases.
The Egyptian Ministry of Sports on Sunday evening announced the suspension of Mortada and the Zamalek board of directors and consequently opened proceedings for public prosecution against them.
A couple of sports federations including the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) filed complaints against Mortada. Arch rivals Al Ahly are said to have filed 13 complaints to Egypt’s Public Prosecutor against him.
In October, Mortada was fined EGP 100,000 and suspended for four years from any sports activities after complaints of abusive language and threats were raised against him from the Handball Federation, a former Zamalek president and the head of the EFA Referee’s Committee.
The Zamalek President has faced immunity from suspension due to his position as Member of Parliament, but he recently lost his seat and his immunity will be lifted in January 2021.
Mortada has been at the helm of Zamalek since 2014 with the club managing to win five Egyptian Cup titles, the Egyptian Premier League, the CAF Confederation Cup and a CAF Super Cup.
The White Knights reached the 2020 CAF Champions League final where they were beaten by Al Ahly after which Mortada sensationally claimed that the title was ‘stolen from Zamalek’.
The new Interim board will be headed by Zamalek board member Court of Appeal head Ahmed Bakry together with fellow judge Hesham Ibrahim Ahmed and Mohamed Sayed Attia.
Bakry and members of his board will hold office for at least one year until when the new elections are held by the club.
“We are to preserve the club’s football entity. The committee won’t touch the club’s football entity, we are only here to support the team with full strength,” Bakry was quoted by former Zamalek player turned journalist Ahmed Shobeir
“As for the financial irregularities, that fully depends on the Ministry of Youth and Sports. I assure every worker at the club that he will continue and there will be no new appointments or dismissals,” he continued.
A couple of appointments are set to be made to the interim committee with former Zamalek players such as Abdel Halim Ali, Ashraf Kassem and Ayman Younes expected to join and help run football-related activities of the club.
Kamal Darwish, Fahmy Amr, Mohamed Amer and Ahmed Mostafa are also expected to join the interim committee.
Zamalek are preparing for an Egypt Cup semi-final clash against Tala’a El-Gaish on Tuesday, December 1.