Ex-Zamalek striker: They treat us like animals, wants club punished

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Ex-Zamalek striker Acheampong: They treat us like animals, wants club punished

- Yasmine El Tohamy - Ghanaian forward Benjamin Acheampong has lashed out at Zamalek, saying the club treat players like animals, while insists they must be punished for what they did.

Acheampong, 30, enjoyed his best spell in football with El-Dakhelya, playing there during the 2016/17 season, when the club was in the top-tier.

READ: Ghanaian forward Acheampong returns back to El-Dakhelya

10 goals and two assists in 32 games were his record with them, scoring against the likes of Zamalek, Al Masry, Smouha, and Ismaily.

His performances earned him a move to Cairo giants Zamalek, however, endured a tough time with the Whites, never managing to cement his position in the starting eleven.

Ex-Zamalek striker Acheampong: They treat us like animals, wants club punished

It was a period to forget for both parties as Acheampong featured in only six games scoring two goals, spending a short loan at Petrojet, before seeing his contract terminated.

Following his departure, the striker filed a complaint against the White Castle to CAS, claiming that he had had several outstanding salary payments, and the court eventually ruled in his favor.

The Egyptian Professional Committee have received the letter of the decision from FIFA and the Professional Footballers Association of Ghana (PFAG) which cites that Zamalek are obliged to pay the 30-year-old striker $1.150M, in addition to paying part of the legal fees.

Ex-Zamalek striker Acheampong: They treat us like animals, wants club punished

“This is not right – this is what I do to feed my family,” Acheampong told BBC Sport Africa.

“They can’t treat people like animals. We are humans and we came here to work.

“I was very, very happy to join the club. If you have a chance to play for Zamalek, you are a big player,” the Ghanaian added.

Ex-Zamalek striker Acheampong: They treat us like animals, wants club punished

Meanwhile, Zamalek insist the player has given up his claims against the club, signing a document in September 2018 that cites “I declare that I receive all my money and financial belonging.”

However, Cas ruled the settlement agreement was invalid as Acheampong signed it under “straitened circumstances” while admonishing Zamalek’s “merciless” and “intimidating” attitude to the player and the pressure put on him to sign the document.

To make matters worse, the Egyptian club failed to show up for the hearing, making an excuse of ‘the person managing the club’s email address had left.’

Speaking of the documents he allegedly signed, Acheampong said: “Nobody would do that. The only thing I (knowingly) signed was that Petrojet would pay me the half-season I was going to play.

“They will put you into situations that will frustrate you so that you say, ‘let me cancel my contract, but because I know what I’m doing, I didn’t say anything.

“As a professional, you can’t go three months without getting paid – automatically, Fifa rules (state) you are free to go. So I waited for that.

“Without that, they would never send the documents. If I didn’t sign, how was I going to feed my family? It’s so shameful that you can’t provide. When I was in Zamalek, I spent all my money that I had saved – because they didn’t give me money.

“They have to be punished. I want to encourage other guys to fight for whatever belongs to them. This is what we do to survive,” the player added.

The Whites have then announced they have reached a settlement agreement with Acheampong’s agent, Nader El-Sayed [Zamalek legend], which will see the player receiving just $250,000 instead.

Acheampong has then claimed that El-Sayed is no longer representing him, which led the former keeper to present three documents to FIFA as evidence that he has written permission from the player, something which denied by the Ghanaian.

“The mere contention that Mr Acheampong would – two weeks after the notification of the Cas decision – suddenly authorise a third party to accept a settlement for less than 25% of the amount due is preposterous,” said Roy Vermeer, the legal director at global players’ union FIFAPro.

Meanwhile, Acheampong said: “I haven’t met El Sayed since 2018, so where did I meet to give him that?”

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“I have no idea what Nader El-Sayed and Zamalek are doing,” he added.

On the other hand, El-Sayed still insists that he represents the player, saying: “The player is my player since 2016 until now and all agreements and authorisations are official and documented.”

According to the BBC, FIFA’s disciplinary committee will discuss the issue next Thursday, with several possible severe sanctions that could be implied on the club.

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“A transfer ban will be pronounced until the complete amount due is paid,” reads Article 15.

“A deduction of points or relegation to a lower division may also be ordered.”

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