Egypt’s Murtada Mansour accuses top goalkeeper of ‘black magic’

Egypt's goalie Essam El Hadary celebrates after his team scored during the Africa Cup of Nations final against Ghana in Luanda January 31, 2010. (Reuters)

Former Egyptian presidential candidate Murtada Mansour, who is also the chairman of premier league football club Zamalek, has accused the goalkeeper of another team of using “black magic.”

The goalie at the center of Mansour’s accusations is Essam al-Hadary, who formerly played on the national team during majorly successful tournaments.

mortada-mansour-egyfp (Photo courtesy of Mada Masr)

mortada-mansour-egyfp (Photo courtesy of Mada Masr)

He now plays for Wadi Degla and kept making one save after the other against Zamalek in arguably his best performance for Degla this season. Still, he couldn’t keep Zamalek from scoring the equalizer in the 93rd minute.

“Zamalek were great today but al-Hadary’s net was locked by genies and ghosts, and he has been doing that for a really long time,” said the Whites’ chairman Murtada Mansour said on CBC television after the match.

“Of course he did a great job today but there were bizarre misses from open-goal chances, so that wasn’t totally him. It was the help of his little demons.

“I am not kidding. I want to tell you that El-Hadary uses ghosts and demons to stop it [the ball from going in] and that’s enough.

“I know the sheikh [sorcerer] that you deal with to help you with these paranormal forces. He is from a Southern-Arab state,” Murtada concluded.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:42 - GMT 06:42