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Zamalek players refuse to resume League, team member tests positive for Covid-19

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Zamalek players refuse to resume League, team member tests positive for Covid-19

Zamalek team players have resolved not to resume the League after a member of the squad tested positive for Covid-19.

Captains, Hazem Emam and Shikabala, delivered a statement on behalf of the squad saying that they refuse to resume the current Egyptian Premier League season under any circumstances.

Goalkeeper, Mohamed Awad was diagnosed with the coronovirus and now the players have come out strongly to condemn the decision to resume the league.

The statement was sent to the club’s president Mortada Mansour, board members and manager Patrice Carteron.

Hazem Emam wrote a post on his Instagram to explain the stance taken by the team.

“I want to inform you that as one of the team’s captains, that my teammates and I won’t sacrifice our lives and the lives of our family members just to resume the league and please Al Ahly and the people who support them.

“We won’t go on the pitch before the coronavirus is gone and a cure is found and no one can force us to risk our lives. Especially after our teammate, Mohamed Awad, tested positive.

“Us, the players, are ready to do whatever it takes even if it means meeting with his excellency the president to explain to him that the Egyptian FA is sacrificing the lives of his people, just to please a certain club,” Emam wrote.

Despite the increasing amount of cases, who have now surpassed 62,000 confirmed cases, Sports Minister, Ashraf Sobhi, announced that the Egyptian Premier League would start July 25th with teams returning to training this month.

The spokesperson of the Egyptian Council of Ministers, Nader Saad, was recently quoted as saying said that the decision to resume sports events in the country is final.

Talking to Sada El-Balad TV channel, Saad said the there won’t be any discussion regarding the decision as it was taken by the State.

“The Prime minister was very clear this morning when he talked about continuing all sports tournaments,” said Saad.

“Let me say it clearly, the decision regarding the league’s resumption is made by the State and the State decided to continue all sports activities.

After undergoing the COVID-19 swab test, many clubs have found several confirmed cases among their players, coaching staff, club officials and workers.

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