Zamalek spokesman, Amr El-Dardiry, has announced that they will file a complaint against Esperance Sportive de Tunis and MC Alger for match-fixing.
Zamalek put themselves in a tough spot before the final match day of the CAF Champions League group stage.
After collecting just five points from the opening five games, the Whites needed to beat Senegal’s Teungueth, which they managed to do, but also needed Esperance to win against MC Alger.
Both games were played at the same time and things looked promising for Zamalek at half-time as they had a four-goal lead, while Esperance were winning 1-0.
However, there were many question marks regarding Esperance’s performance in the second half as they barely crossed the halfway line and when they did, they didn’t pose any real danger.
Moreover, Esperance head coach Moïne Chaâbani decided to bring off a number of his key players in the second period, most notably Anice Badri, Taha Khenissi, Hamdou Elhouni, and goalscorer Nassim Ben Khalifa.
MC Alger eventually equalized and the game ended in a 1-1 draw, sending both North African sides to the tournament’s quarter-finals.
This led many Egyptian footballing personalities to speculate about Esperance deliberately letting their neighbours get the point in order to knock Zamalek out.
El-Dardiry seems to support these claims along with the remainder of the Zamalek board as they’re prepared to file an official complaint with proof to the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
“The club will file an official complaint to CAF in the coming hours against what happened in the Esperance and MC Alger game,” El-Dardiry told Zamalek TV. Reports KingFut