African giants Zamalek, who Mamelodi Sundowns defeated in the final of the CAF Champions League, have made a u-turn on their intentions to quit the Egyptian league.
Club chairman and president, Mortada Mansour, had announced that his club would quit the league after some shocking refereeing in a match between league leaders and Al Ahly and Misr El-Maqassa.
Zamalek’s bitter rivals received a controversial penalty to win the game 1-0 after which Mansour announced his club would quit - a decision backed by the Board of Directors, who even sent a letter to the Egyptian Football Association (EFA), according to KingFut.com.
"We will not continue this Egyptian Premier League season," the club president said, according to KingFut.com.
"I'm not joking this time, the whole board is against continuing this season. It's either we don't play the next match or I leave. I will not accept pressure from officials.
"When we have an FA that respects clubs and officials on a better level, only then will we continue the league."
However, the 12-time Egyptian league winners have now made a u-turn on their decision, as the chairman confirmed: “Zamalek have decided against forfeiting the league,” Mansour stated, as quoted by KingFut.
The EFA reportedly promised Zamalek’s president that the level of officating will be raised and the performance of match officials will be closely monitored.
As a consequence, Zamalek, who are currently sitting in seventh place, 14 points behind leaders Al Ahly with four games in hand, announced their squad for the next fixture.
What do you make of the level of officiating in the South African Premier Soccer League? Have your say in the comments section below.