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Official: Egypt’s Mohamed El-Gabas signs for Swindon Town
Egypt international forward Mohamed ‘Dodo’ El-Gabas signs for Swindon Town on a free transfer.
26-year-old Mohamed ‘Dodo’ El-Gabas signed a deal with Swindon Town until January 1st, 2014 with a further option of 18 months, after ending his 4-year spell with Maged Samy’s Lierse in Belgium this summer.
El-Gabas put pen-to-paper after watching Swindon thrash Crewe Alexandra 5-0 at home on Saturday from the stands. The Port Said-born forward expressed his delight of joining the club afterwards.
“It’s a nice town, it’s a family club where everyone knows each other,” he said. “I’ve heard about the club’s history before I came. They’re trying to get to the Championship – this is a good ambition and I hope I can help them,” El-Gabas told Swindon’s official website.
“Today was a very good performance from the guys. I must have good luck that I come here and they win 5-0! It’s an important win for sure.
“I started my career in Egypt and was playing professional in Port Said. I went to Newcastle Academy at 17 when Glenn Roeder was Academy Manager. They wanted to give me professional contract but I needed a work permit. When I came back to Egypt I played for three years in the First Division. When I was 21, Lierse in Belgium bought me and I was there for the past four years.”
El-Gabas described his style of play as follows: “I’m not a big target striker like Zlatan Ibrahimovic for example. I’m more like Thierry Henry or David Villa who can run in the space and try to make it hard for defenders by running in the space. I can also play as a winger on both sides.”
The Egypt international forward was on the verge of completing a move to Greek side Panionios this month after impressing on trial in Athens, but Dodo opted to join the third division English side instead.
Dodo played a crucial role in helping the Yellow and Black army return to the Jupiler Pro League, and has scored a total of 19 goals in Belgium since moving from Al-Masry in 2009.
Image from Swindon Town FC’s official website.