mido reveals a surprise about shehata and shikabalas relationship

Hassan Shehata talks about what happened behind the scenes with the club’s troublesome players for the first time since he quit as coach of Zamalek.

Hassan Shehata, the former coach of Zamalek, has been quiet for a while, but now he has said why he had problems with some of the team’s stars, which led to his leaving last month.

Shehata first gave his resignation two months ago because the club wouldn’t let him get rid of winger Mahmoud “Shikabala” Abdel-Razek. The two players had gotten into an argument on the sidelines during a Champions League game against Maghreb Fez in May.

After the club put Shikabala on the transfer list, the 62-year-old changed his mind.

“The fight with Shikabala happened all of a sudden. I was nice to him, and all of his requests were met. I was shocked by his bad behaviour, “Sunday, Shehata told a radio station in Egypt.

“I don’t dislike Shikabala, and even when I was the coach of the national team, I wasn’t mean to him. It was him who hurt himself, “the former Zamalek star, who was a big name in the 1970s, said.

After Zamalek lost their first two Champions League games, some board members tried to convince Shehata to let Shikabala go, but he said no.

He quit as coach of Zamalek after their rivals Ahly beat them 1-0 in a Champions League Group B match last month.
During Shehata’s rule, Shikabala was not the only player who lost favour. Ahmed “Mido” Hossam, a striker with a lot of experience, was taken off of Zamalek’s first team in May.

It was said that Shehata asked Mido to leave because the player didn’t do much last season, but the former Egypt head coach says this isn’t true.

Mido and Shehata have had trouble with each other since the 2006 African Cup of Nations, when they got into a fight on the sidelines after the tall forward was taken off during the semi-final win over Senegal.

“People who think I still don’t like Mido after our famous fight in 2006 are wrong. He’s a great player, but only when he’s healthy “said Shehata.

“I didn’t ask the board of Zamalek to get rid of Mido, and all of these things are just rumours. All I told them was that he wasn’t good for the team. The biggest problem for the management was the player’s high salary.”

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