If you though footballers were suppose to be hard, think again.
Cairo powerhouse El Zamalek are currently experiencing a major downturn, and matters reached a crescendo last weekend as they lost 2-nil to El Shorta to leave them a massive 15 points behind leaders Al Ahly with just 10 games gone.
Off the field, Zamalek responding by firing the much-travelled coach Henri Michel after just seven matches in charge. The defeat was the club’s fourth loss under Michel, having also gained two wins and a draw, and looking to stop the rot before the situation worsened further the manager was given the big heave-ho.
But Zamalek will also have to look at the mental stability of some of their first-teamers following the El Shorta defeat, as after the killer second goal was scored by the hosts, both Shikabala and Hazem Emam were unable to control their emotions as the pair began openly crying on the pitch.
Making the whole situation of seeing grown men weep that much more surreal, was the sight of former Tottenham and Middlesbrough striker Mido acting as the shoulder-to-cry-on for his fellow Zamalek teammates.
Mido’s efforts to comfort Shikabala, in particular, failed miserably, as the number 10 stumbled around the pitch before eventually letting the tears flow. And once Shikabala had begun to cry, Zamalek’s number 18 Hazem Emam began shedding tears too, as he appeared unable to stop himself becoming a sympathy crier.
The bizarre sight of both Shikabala and Hazem Emam crying on the pitch can be seen here.