The announcement of the CEO of Zamalek Club, Hussein Al-Samri, about opening a bank account to receive supportive donations from the fans, sparked widespread controversy on the communication platforms in Egypt.
Al-Samri wrote – in a post to him on Facebook – that “the initiative of some fans and supporters of Zamalek to donate to him in light of the circumstances he is going through is very encouraging, and indeed the club has opened a special sub-account for this purpose, and fans and supporters of the club have begun to activate it.”
He added, “The account number is 1911, which is the date of the club’s founding, an unforgettable number for fans of the club at Banque Misr (Nile Valley Branch) or Al-Ahly Bank (the club’s wall) branch.”
Hossam Al-Mandouh, a member of the temporary committee that currently runs the club, announced – in a televised intervention today, Thursday – that more than 5 million Egyptian pounds (319,000 dollars) was deposited within only 24 hours of opening the account.
The opinions of the fans were divided between supporters of the idea of supporting the “White Castle” by donating through the bank account, especially in light of the financial crisis that the club is suffering from recently.
The Zamalek promotion associations in the Arab countries have launched various campaigns to support the club, by inviting its members to donate, and by holding auctions to sell the team’s shirts, the profits of which go to support Zamalek. While others saw that the word “donations” is not worthy of the club’s ancient name and history, pointing out that the money of the simple people takes precedence over them, and that major investment ideas can be implemented that help solve the club’s financial crisis.