Coach of Egyptian side Al-Masry has taken a swipe at Nigeria’s representative in the CAF Confederation Cup Ifeanyi Ubah FC accusing them of using sorcery (juju), after his team sent the billionaire club out of the CAF second rated tournament.
Masry qualified to the Confederation Cup round of 32 after beating the Nigerian club on penaltiesafter drawing 1-1 on aggregate.
A drag ensued between the Nigerian shot stopper and an official of the Egyptian side when a substance was taken out of the net by the Egyptian official shortly before the commencement of the penalty kicks, which the Nigerians lost 3-0.
“Al Masry haven’t qualified to the African competitions for 15 years, this team don’t have any African experience, but have ambition and we won’t change our game-play style,” Hossam Hassan told ONsport.
“They [Ifeanyi Ubah] were a tough opponent, they have ambition and their chairman wanted to present them in a unique way in Africa, they believe in sorcery and this is normal in Africa.
“In Africa, people are kind and believe in sorcery, but at the end what is written by God will happen.
“My target was to please the fans and represent the Egyptian football in a good way. We take every match on its own, our target was to qualify, then we will see what will happen as the tournament has strong clubs”, The former Zamalek manager concluded.
However the substance was later found out to be a Catholic Rosary which the goalkepper of the Nigerian team Ikechukwu Ezenwa usually keeps close to him while in goal.