Zamalek players threaten to pull out of Caf Champions League

Players of the Egyptian side say they will not travel to Congo for their weekend Champions League fixture if the management fails to settle their bonuses

Players of Egyptian giants Zamalek have declined to travel to the Republic of Congo for their weekend Caf Champions League match against AC Leopards following the non-payment of match bonuses, Goal understands.

The players said their monthly salaries as well as match bonuses have been delayed by the management and the protest was meant to settle the differences.

Club officials held a meeting on Tuesday to resolve the issue and promised that part of the money owed to the players would be paid as soon as possible.

However, the standoff is likely to continue as the White Knight players issued a counter statement that they would not return to training until the promised instalment is paid in full.

Zamalek are scheduled to face Congo champions AC Leopards next weekend in Group A of the Champions League group phase.

The central Africans, who are newcomers to the competition, pulled off a shock in the first match day when they held Orland Pirates to a goalless draw in South Africa.