Zamalek have expressed their disappoint with the EFA's decision to appoint an Egyptian referee for the Cairo Deby against Pitso Mosimane's Al Ahly.
King Fut reported that both Premier League clubs had requested a foreign referee due to the magintude and tension that come with a big derby.
However, the EFA confirmed on Friday that an Egyptian will take charge of the rescheduled clash on 18 April, but Zamalek spokesperson Amr El-Dardir admits they are not happy with the deicision.
“We’re disappointed with the EFA’s decision to appoint Egyptian referees for the derby, as we already revealed that we wanted foreign referees,” El-Dardir told OnTime Sport TV.
“Zamalek is a big organization and of course we won’t withdraw. We’ll play the game with a local or foreign referee.
“The EFA ignored Zamalek and Al Ahly’s wishes as well as their fans’. They will bear the consequences if something goes wrong in the match, which we hope will go well, of course.
“We will play the match under any circumstances, and we will not propose specific referees to officiate the match.
“We trust in Egyptian referees, and we only want fairness. The referees must have international experience of course. They shouldn’t have any prior incidents and haven’t caused any problems recently.
“Zamalek is always fully focus before any important match.”Players can be focused only if justice is applied. Which is what the coaching staff is currently doing by punishing any negligent player or ones that go out of the line.
“Emam Ashour and Ahmed Eid’s return to training is in the coaching staff’s hands alone."
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