Bidvest Wits head coach Gavin Hunt has categorically denied allegations from Al Ahly forward Amr Gamal that he is a racist and refused to let him sign for Russian side Rubin Kazan.
In an interview with OnTime Sport 2 TV channel as quoted by Egyptian publication KingFut, Gamal said:” He [Hunt] was arrogant and a racist, even his statements were provocative.
“He told me: ‘I won’t let you return to Al Ahly and you won’t play in the World Cup.’ 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.
However, according to Hunt, “that’s all rubbish and a disgrace”.
“I don’t know what he’s talking. I’ve never heard of Ruben Kazan, and how could I be racist towards him? I mean, that’s a disgrace man,” said the Wits mentor as quoted by KickOff.com.
“Is it that he’s Muslim and I’m Christian? I mean, please. I don’t know if he’s referring to me because I never had an altercation with him.
“Maybe he’s saying the manager – Jose [Ferreira, former Wits CEO], but that’s not me. I don’t decide on his moves, I knew nothing about Kazan man, that’s office business.
Gamal was part of the Wits team back in the 2017/18 season on loan from Al Ahly. He helped Hunt’s side win the Telkom Knockout as he netted three goals in only four appearances and walked away with the Player of The Tournament award.
But, the 55-year-old coach insists that Gamal’s claims are not true. “He’s talking about top scorer, with what? Three goals in 20 games?
“We paid him for that. His claims are nonsense…I had no altercations, and racist? That’s out of line, what a joke,” concluded Hunt.
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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi