Zamalek’s president dies from COVID-19

Zamalek’s Interim President, Ahmed El-Bakri, passed away on Thursday after testing positive for COVID-19.

El Bakri contracted the coronavirus days after his appointment in the post.

El Bakri’s funeral was held on Thursday from El Shorta’s mosque and it was attended by prominent sports figures in Egypt, including Al Ahly’s board members.

He was assigned by the sports ministry in late November as the head of the normalisation committee in charge of directing Zamalek after the suspension of Mortada Mansour’s council for investigations into possible financial irregularities.

El-Bakri was appointed to a previous interim council that managed the club in 2008 as well by Hassan Saqr, head of the National Sports Council at the time.

He had a long and successful career in the Egyptian judiciary, working in the public prosecution initially before working his way up to head of the court of appeal in Cairo and then head of the criminal court in Giza.

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