Zamalek explains why the African Union refused to register professionals and apologizes to…

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Friday, April 12, 2024

Zamalek Club explained the reason for the African Confederation’s refusal to register the team’s professionals in the Men’s African Club Volleyball Championship, through an official statement.

During the statement, Zamalek reviewed the African Union’s reasons for not registering the team’s players, and accordingly apologized for participating in the men’s African Club Volleyball Championship, and is only participating in the women’s championship.

The reasons relied upon by the African Union were as follows:

1.Serbian player Milan Katic was registered in the second registration period previously scheduled by the Egyptian Federation, during the period from 1/15/2024 until 1/31/2024.

2.The Libyan player, Mohamed Boulbaba, was contracted during the period of chairmanship of the club’s temporary committee. He was not registered until the second registration period, and he was registered in the same period previously specified by the Egyptian Federation.

Zamalek explained that professional players have been registered so that the African Championship will be held, according to what happened the previous year in Tunisia in the second half of May, and thus the African Union’s condition has been fulfilled that three months must pass before foreign players participate with their teams in any African championship. Where is the club?

The International Federation sent a letter to the Egyptian Volleyball Federation officially requesting that it end the local season before April 28, 2024, and the African season before May 5, 2024, in view of the international commitments for the Paris Olympic qualifiers.

Based on this letter, the African Union set the date for holding the African Championship for men from 4/12/2024 until 5/5/2024, and the women’s championship from 4/24/2024 until 5/5/2024.

Accordingly, the period for the participation of foreign players did not exceed three months, according to the regulations of the African Union.

At the request of the Zamalek Club, the Egyptian Federation submitted the matter to the African Union to exclude the conditions for the participation of foreign players this season only, because the change of dates was made by the International Federation, which is beyond the control of the club and the Egyptian Volleyball Federation.

However, the African Union refused to register players in the tournament for all clubs, such as players from Zamalek, Al-Ahly, and the Algerian team, and sent this refusal to all federations.

Accordingly, Zamalek Club asked the Egyptian Federation to refer the matter to the International Federation, which has already done so, but the International Federation acknowledged that this is an internal matter of the African Union and its regulations.

In the same context, Zamalek Club inquired about the professional player in the club’s first women’s volleyball team, and her registration was confirmed to be valid.

After confirming that professional players would not be registered for the men’s team, Zamalek Club decided the following:

1. Apology for participating in the African Club Championship for Men, held during the period from 4/12/2024 to 4/24/2024.

2. Participation in the African Club Championship for Women, held during the period from 4/24/2024 to 5/5/2024.

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