Cairo - Former Egypt striker Mido's fledgling coaching
career hit the buffers on Wednesday when local side Zamalek fired him after
just seven months in the job and a week on from his first managerial trophy
The former Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur forward was dismissed
after a scoreless home draw against TP Mazembe on Sunday left Zamalek third in
their African Champions League group and in real danger of missing out on the
The 31-year-old's departure comes just a week after Zamalek
lifted the Egyptian Cup with a 1-0 win over Smouha in the final.
"Board member Ahmed Soliman informed me today that I'm
relieved of my duties," Mido said on his Twitter feed (@midoahm).
Mido, whose real name is Ahmed Hossam, was a shock
appointment in January when Zamalek offered him the job a year after he ended
his playing career and took on work as a television pundit.
Once in charge, the club qualified for the end of season
Egypt league playoffs but could only finish third, unable to stop the
long-standing dominance of arch rivals Al Ahli and end a decade-long title
Mido started his career at the Cairo club and has long been
a fan favourite.
He is best remembered for a public spat with the Egypt coach
during the 2006 African Nations Cup finals when Hassan Shehata attempted to
substitute him but a furious Mido refused to leave the pitch.
Mido called the coach a 'donkey' as the two squabbled on the
touchline in full view of the television cameras, watched by millions across
Egypt and elsewhere on the African continent.
He was suspended from playing for Egypt for
six months following the altercation.
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