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Zamaleks coach to resign over Egypts ongoing football stoppage

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Continuous football stoppage in Egypt is forcing Zamalek’s coach Jorvan Vieira to hand in his resignation, a newspaper reported Saturday.

“I will not stay at Zamalek, I’m leaving. I will return to Cairo on Saturday to put the finishing touches on my resignation,” Al-Ahram newspaper quoted the Brazilian tactician, as saying in an interview with a UAE daily, Eamarat Alyoum.

Vieira, who is spending a vacation in the UAE, said “there is no league and I’m a professional coach who doesn’t work just to earn money.

They keep saying the league will start but nothing happens ... there is a problem between the Egyptian Football Association and the interior ministry, which does not want to secure the games.”

In February, 74 football fans were killed in an incident that erupted after a premier league match between the popular Ahly and Masry teams at Egypt’s Port Said Stadium.

“They (authorities) are afraid to start the league because what happened in Port Said ... it’s very difficult for me now to work in such circumstances in which nothing is certain. I’m fed up,” he added.

But according to Al-Ahram, Zamalek said on their official website on Saturday that Vieira will sit down with his assistants on Sunday to set out plans for their African Champions League preparations.

Vieira, who is best known for Iraq’s win in the Asian Cup 2007, took over as Zamalek’s coach last August after the resignation of Hassan Shehata.

The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) recently announced that a new season would start on Dec. 30, and that the military would be responsible for securing Premier League games.

EFA’s Chairman Gamal Allam, however, warned that the country’s football scene is “collapsing,” urging for the country’s Premier League to finally start.

“I hope there will be a dialogue between me and authorities. I hope someone will answer me: the defense ministry, the interior ministry, the government or president Mohammed Mursi,” Allam said in a television interview.