Zamalek manager Augusto Inacio lambasts club president for player transfers – 2017 CAF Champions League

Zamalek coach, Augusto Inacio

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Jul 28, 2017. 12:00

Zamalek manager Augusto Inacio has lashed out at the club’s president, Mortada Mansour, saying the boss is spreading lies.

The war of words between the two seems to drag on, with the Portuguese manager accusing Mansour of lying about the players who may leave the club.

Reports suggest that Inacio has distanced himself from reports that he has decided to offload some key players in the transfer window.


The reports prompted a furious response from Mansour who insisted Inacio was the one who demanded the likes of Mostafa Fathi and Stanley Ohawuchi be released.

“All reports concerning my alleged demand to offload Shikabala, Bassem Morsi and Ayman Hefni are not true,” Inacio said on Tuesday.

“The club’s president said that I asked him to offload Shikabala but this is completely false. He has been a regular starter in the team since my arrival.

“It is him (Mansour) who wants to offload Shikabala not me.”

On the other hand, the manager expressed unhappiness regarding the recent changes in his backroom staff where Tarek Yehia recently replaced one of Inacio’s Portuguese assistants.

“I’ve faced many problems since my arrival. He (Mansour) always appoints an Egyptian assistant who has an ambition to replace me, not to help me,” he added.

“If he wants to sack me I’m ready to leave. The problem is that the people around Mansour are afraid of him.

“If the chairman held a PEPSI can and told them that it’s actually Coca Cola, they would agree and would tell him it tastes great.”

The spat between the two reportedly started on Sunday when Inacio criticised the club’s hierarchy, saying the recent departures left his side short of options on the flanks.

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Zamalek’s coach Augusto Inacio rues thin squad

Zamalek coach, Augusto Inacio

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Jul 26, 2017. 08:59

Zamalek coach Augusto Inacio believes they failed to do well in 2016/17 Egyptian Premier League because of a thin squad.

The White Knights manager was speaking after they drew 2-2 against Morocco’s FUS Rabat in their Arab Championship opener last weekend.

In the wake of the draw, the Portuguese manager said they will continue to suffer in the upcoming matches.

“FUS Rabat is a good team but we played them with a shortage in the squad and we will continue to suffer from this issue in the coming games,” Inacio said.


“We only have two wingers in our squad, Shikabala and Ahmed Refaat, and with the latter’s injury we played with no winger.

“I am not a magician capable of doing more than we did during the FUS Rabat game. All the players gave their best and performed well, but we can’t achieve victory while we are lacking this number of players in the squad.

“I can’t do more than what I did with the team. I am not responsible for selling Mostafa Fathi and Stanley. I am not the person who sells the players.

“Two players left the team without replacements for them being signed. You want to blame the coach for the poor results, but I can’t change the players’ positions.”

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Zamalek coach Augusto Inacio wants to down Alger – 2017 CAF Champions League

Zamalek coach, Augusto Inacio

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Jun 21, 2017. 15:30

Zamalek coach Augusto Inacio says he is targeting a win over USM Alger in their CAF Champions League, Group B match on Wednesday.

The White Knights are out to consolidate their top spot in the group and a win will see them with eight points from four matches.

Zamalek are travelling to Algeria to face USM Alger in the fourth round of the CAF Champions League.


Although the first meeting between the two giants produced a 1-1 draw, Inacio now wants a win.

The Portuguese manager has revealed his preference to play at 5 July Stadium after Alger’s request to change it to Omar Hamady Stadium was refused by CAF.

“We’ve come to Algeria understanding how difficult the game is going to be. USM Alger are very strong side, but we are determined to return back with the three points, although we are playing under hard conditions, having played a league game just two days ago,” Inacio spoke to the Algerian press.

“It is always better to play on a natural one that an artificial one, I don’t think that the fans will have any effect on my players, they are experienced players and they have our confidence to win.

“We’re focusing and having big ambitions to win the game, we have to be in our best technical shape during the game as that will determine the winner on Wednesday.”

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