First, Sundowns players received death threats ahead of the second leg of the CAF Champions League final against Zamalek coming up on Sunday.
The excerpt of the death threat messages Zamalek fans sent to Mamelodi Sundowns’ midfielder Teko Modise and striker Khama Billiat read:
“Hell Awaits!…Sundowns will die… you have two choices, death or lose. In Cairo you have no other choices.”
Now, Zamalek’s President, Mortada Mansour has insinuated that Sundowns used magic in the 3-0 humiliation of his team in the first leg of the African Champions League final.
During a press conference in Cairo, Mansour remarked that Sundowns used non-soccer means to crush his guys. That according to him, explains the own goal from Islam Gamal.
A visibly soured Mansour said: “I want to tell everybody to not make fun of our claims that there was something suspicious in Islam Gamal’s own goal.
“It is abnormal that Islam Gamal scored an own goal in the same way Ali Gabr scored with before, with the same foot and in the same net. It is not necessary that it is Sundowns who have used magic, look for the former Zamalek players who were expelled from the club.”
Meanwhile, Sundowns’ coach, Pitso Mosimane dismissed the death threats his players received saying it’s just an intimidation tactic.
He reportedly said: “…a number of our players have been receiving messages from their supporters but I told my players not to worry about them. They have been sent messages on their social media accounts – Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.”
Mosimane contended that it’s easy to find players on these platforms and stressed that the death threat messages shouldn’t constitute any panic.
“It should not worry us,” he said. “We know how people mobilize on social media after what happened in the Tahrir Square. It is a way of unsettling our players,” added the coach.
Undoubtedly, Sundowns are firm favorites for the second leg battle in Alexandria. Should they triumph, it will be their first continental trophy and also, the second South African team to win the prestigious prize.