Al Ahly striker Amr Gamal has made shocking claims about his former coach, Gavin Hunt of Bidvest Wits.
In comments quoted by Egyptian publication KingFut, Gamal talked about his physical altercation with Hunt and claimed that one of the PSL’s most successful coaches is racist and refused to let him join Russian club, Rubin Kazan.
Gamal joined Bidvest on loan during the summer of 2017 coming from Al Ahly and made 19 appearances, scoring on five occasions and providing one assist.
He also helped them lift the Telkom Knockout trophy and was even named Player of the Tournament.
However, the 28-year-old revealed that by the end of his loan spell he got into a fight with Hunt and exchanged insults which affected his role at the club.
“I was the team’s top goalscorer and I led them to win the cup. But the coach insulted and humiliated me and we even had a physical altercation. I was only defending myself,” Gamal told OnTime Sport 2 TV channel.
“He was arrogant and a racist, even his statements were provocative.
“They didn’t allow me to play even though I was the team’s top scorer. He told me: ‘I won’t let you return to Al Ahly and you won’t play in the World Cup,” he added.
Gamal also explained how the manager refused to let him sign for Russian side Rubin Kazan, which according to him was the main reason for not being selected in Egypt’s World Cup squad.
“And at the time I received an offer from Rubin Kazan, I thought it would’ve been a great opportunity for me and a chance to play in the World Cup in Russia.
“Al Ahly didn’t mind the transfer, but Bidvest refused to let me go and the transfer window eventually closed. That’s why I was forced to play in Finland.
“Playing in the World Cup was my right because I played all of the qualifying games. My ticket was booked and I was in the squad, then one day I wake up to find out that I wasn’t included.
“I cried for a week after my exclusion. I respect Cuper [Egypt’s manager at the time] but I didn’t understand his decision,” he concluded.
After spending six months in Finland, Gamal returned to his boyhood club Al Ahly where he failed to make a single appearance during the 2017-2018 season, before joining Tala’a El-Geish where currently plies his trade.
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