Fikile Mbalula expresses discontent at Zamalek's failure to accommodate Mamelodi Sundowns
Posted: 21 October 2016 Time: 11:13
South Africa's Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula has voiced his disapproval of Zamalek's treatment of Mamelodi Sundowns in Egypt.
KickOff.com yesterday reported that The White Knights had denied The Brazilians access to a training facility ahead of their CAF Champions League final second-leg on Sunday evening.
Mbalula has since issued a statement strongly condemning the actions of the hosts, and has lodged a call to the South African embassy to resolve the matter.
"We have liaised with our Embassy for intervention and sort things out. This was unexpected," read a tweet of the minister's official twitter page on Thursday evening.
“I have noted with grave concern reports coming from Egypt that Sundowns could not train," he added via a written statement.
"We are irked by such behaviour and condemn it in the strongest terms. These actions have made prestigious championships like CAF not to be respected.
"All football loving people must frown upon such incidents. This culture is foreign in football and should be done away with."
I have noted with grave concern reports coming from Egypt that Sundowns could not train because of not being issued with a venue. pic.twitter.com/qHvM3nrfSH— RSA Min of Sport (@MbalulaFikile) October 20, 2016
Downs have now had one day less to prepare for their continental cup decider at the Borg El-Arab in Alexandria, which is set to kick-off at 20h30 on Sunday evening.
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