Zamalek president Mortada Mansour has confirmed his team will not take part in an African Super Cup on foreign land.
The CAF Super Cup had been scheduled for mid-August. However, it was postponed until CAF reached a verdict regarding the Champions League final scandal that had Wydad Casablanca and ES Tunis locked in a legal dispute over the championship. It was then that the organizing committee chose to crown Tunisian Giants, Esperance over Wydad.
A few days later, CAF ruled that the Super Cup match between the winners of the CAF Confederation Cup and the Champions League was set to be played in the Arabian country of Qatar.
The Egyptian Club’s president reacted about the decision by CAF and said his side is not willing to play this game outside Africa.
We are two African teams, why should we play in Asia?”
questioned Zamalek president Mortada in a press conference.
Zamalek board members discussed the issue and decided not to play in Qatar. I am disappointed that Esperance has agreed to play there.
Its believed that there’s is rising political stress between Egypt and Qatar and Mortada said he would rather play at Stade Olympique de Radés, the home of Esperance than playing in Qatar.
“I’m willing to play the game in Tunisia, on Esperance’s pitch but never in Qatar.
Mortada further stressed.
It is not yet clear if CAF is willing to change its decision regarding the venue for the Super Cup. However, what is clear is that Mortada and his Club Zamalek would be willing to take part in the game ‘only on African land.’
CAF is yet to make the final decision on what do next following the decision to host the super cup Qatar up to 2021 with last year’s super cup won by Morocco’s Raja Casablanca after edging Esperance 2-1.