Egyptian club Zamalek Sports Club have confirmed that they will not travel to Qatar for this year’s edition of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Super Cup.
Coached by former Uganda Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojević, Zamalek won the Confederations Cup last year; their first continental success in 16 years.
They were set to play against Champions League winners Esperance of Tunisia on February 14th next year but that is in suspense at the moment.
Unlike previous editions where the winner of the Champions League have hosted the match, CAF confirmed earlier to move the game to gulf nation Qatar until 2021.
Something which rubbed Zamalek President Mortada Mansour the wrong way, with the former expressing his anger on the decision.
However, during Tuesday’s press conference held at the club’s headquarters, Mansour made official the decision of the club not to honour the game.
“We are two African teams, why should we play in Asia?” Mansour questioned the decision during the press-conference.
“Zamalek board members discussed the issue and decided not to play in Qatar. I am disappointed that Esperance have agreed to play there,” he added.
With the political tension between Qatar and Egypt, Mansour said that he would rather play anywhere on the continent than play in Qatar, even threatening to quit Africa’s premier club competitions.
“I will never play the Super Cup in Qatar. How can I play the Super Cup in a country that’s creating havoc in the Arab region,” Mansour told KingFut. “I’m willing to play the game in Tunisia, on Esperance’s pitch but never in Qatar,” he added.
Morocco’s Raja Casablanca beat Esperance 2-1 in last year’s CAF Super Cup match in Qatar.