Cape Town - Zamalek
chairperson Mortada Mansour has reiterated his claims that Mamelodi
Sundowns used "magic and sorcery" to beat the Egyptian giants in the CAF
Champions League final.
After the Premiership champions defeated the White Knights 3-0 in the
first leg last week in South Africa, the eccentric owner claimed that
witchcraft was used to affect the result, either by the Brazilians or a
former disgruntled Zamalek player.
"I want to tell everybody to not make fun of our claims that there
was something suspicious in Islam Gamal's own-goal (for Sundowns)," said
Mansour in a press conference.
"It is abnormal that Islam Gamal scores an own-goal in the same way
Ali Gabr scored with before with the same foot and in the same net.
"It is not necessary that it is Sundowns who have used magic - look
for the former Zamalek players who were expelled from the club. I am
speaking about someone who knows himself well."
And despite the five-time CAF Champions League winners beating
Sundowns 1-0 in the second leg on Sunday, Mansour said there was
something suspicious about Zamalek's unsuccessful attempts to claim a
sixth continental title.
After the game, he said: "Is it natural to waste 18 chances in front
of goal? Things were obviously not normal and there was magic and
However, Mansour went on to applaud the team's effort, adding: "All
of the players and their coach were men today and we missed God's
reconcile. I thanked them after the game for their manly performance."