Former Bidvest Wits CEO Jose Ferreira has come out to defend coach Gavin Hunt and shed more light on how much the club lost in the Amr Gamal debacle.
Comments attributed to Gamal, alleging that Hunt was racist and arrogant towards him during his loan spell at Wits in 2017/18, surfaced on Egyptian English website KingFut.com on Monday.
The Wits coach immediately responded to the claims by the 28-year-old, who eventually left after just eight months at the Milpark-based outfit to join Finnish side HJK Helsinki.
Ferreira, who left the Clever Boys’ CEO position in September last year but still serves as a director, has since added that he too was unaware of any Ruben Kazan interest, while adding that the club would have gained a fee had Gamal gone to Russia with the Pharaohs.
“If there was an offer from Ruben Kazan, I have absolutely no knowledge of it. And one would think that at a time when we were prepared to release Amr Gamal to a Finnish club HJK Helsinki, if he did have an offer from Ruben Kazan then he should blame Al Ahly for it [a move not materialising],” Ferreira tells KickOff.com.
“The second thing, anybody who knows Gavin Hunt knows that he’s not a racist. This is nothing but a player who needs to justify his failures. Since he came from Egypt and Al Ahly to Bidvest Wits, it’s been one failure after another.
“Thirdly, he still owes the club money for destroying his flat, and we’ve got the pictures to prove it, and he signed an acknowledgement of debt for it.
“So, this is a player trying to justify his failure to go to the World Cup. And you must understand that at the time when he was on loan to us, if he had gone to the World Cup, we would have received compensation from FIFA of over $100,000 [around R1,8-million at current exchange rate].
“Why would we as a club then not want him to go the World Cup? Amr Gamal’s got nobody but himself to blame for where he is today in the soccer wilderness, and it’s really sad.”