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Fathi resurfaces in Zambia


Former Highlanders coach Mohamed Fathi is back in Zambia.

The Egyptian, who is embroiled in a legal battle with Bosso over unpaid salaries, watched the Young Warriors’ Zone VI All-Africa Games preliminary round qualifier first-leg encounter against their Zambian counterparts at Nkoloma Stadium on Saturday.

The Egyptian resigned from his post after a string of poor results, which saw the formerly dominant club at one stage fighting relegation before assistant coach Mkhuphali Masuku took over the reins and managed to rescue the team.

Fathi claims the club owes him $32 000 in unpaid salaries, bonuses, allowances and other perks.
Speaking to NewsDay Sport in Lusaka, Fathi said he was club-hunting and is negotiating a deal with a big club.

“I cannot tell you all the details at the moment, I’m still in negotiations with the clubs,” Fathi said.

“Two teams have approached me and I’m still weighing my options. They are all big teams,” he added.

Fathi did not rule out the possibility of coming back and coaching a Zimbabwean club again in future.

“If a club comes asking for my services, why not? Zimbabwe is a beautiful country and I enjoyed my stay there,” added the Egyptian.

Fathi also blasted the Highlanders executive and accused them of sabotaging his job.

“I had a wonderful working relationship with the players but not with some members of the executive.

“They ‘steal’ money from coaches and expect them to do miracles without pay,” added Fathi who had a long chat with the Highlanders duo of Rahman Kutsanzira and Ariel Sibanda after the match.

“Some of the executive members did not like me from the first day and they did everything to frustrate me.”

Fathi was first hired by Kabwe Warriors at the beginning of 2008 but was fired after he failed to defend their BP Top Eight trophy.

On being shown the exit door, Fathi was approached by Zanaco and Power Dynamos, but he opted to join the latter.

At Power Dynamos, he was tasked with winning the league championship but could only manage fifth position, which did not go down well with the leading Zambian club, who eventually gave him the boot.

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