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Ahmed Ali, Arafa El-Sayed – Zamalek bolster ranks on deadline day
After long and intensive negotiations, Zamalek have registered three important signings on transfer deadline day to bolster the ranks of the White Castle ahead of the new season.
Zamalek snapped up El-Gouna hitman Arafa El-Sayed for a fee of EGP 800,000 yesterday morning following difficult negotiations with the club from the Egyptian Red Sea resort.
The towering striker, who scored three goals in last Egyptian Premier League season, penned a three-year deal with Zamalek.
Point of view: His arrival will definitely add strength to the Zamalek frontline in which there was only one striker in Ahmed Gaafar.
After signing Arafa El-Sayed, most Zamalek fans and myself thought that the Ahmed Ali deal which was being reported would have collapsed. The contrary took place and the Ismaily striker finally joined the White Knights on a three-year deal for a fee of EGP 750,000, almost the exact same deal as Arafa.
Point of view: Ahmed Ali is probably Zamalek’s best signing. He has more of a killer instinct than Ahmed Gaafar, for instance. He’s also a better dribbler than Arafa and Gaafar. His African experience will be also very useful to the Whites.
The last deal which was revealed yesterday concerns a young player named Mostafa ‘Shika’ Fathy who plays as a left-back.
19-year-old Mostafa played against Zamalek recently with Belqas SC and immediately impressed Zamalek coach Helmi Toulan.
The promising youngster, who can also play on the right flank and as a playmaker, penned a five-year deal with the Whites.
Point of view: Mostafa will be integrated step-by-step to the Zamalek team. His presence will provide Zamalek with a back up left-back to Mohamed Abdel-Shafy – who had no substitute after the departure of Sabri Rahil to Al-Ahly.
Zamalek replaced, in terms of numbers, key players who left the team due to the financial problems surrounding the club.
Zamalek roster :
Goalkeepers: Abdel-Wahed El-Sayed, Mohamed Abou-Gabal, Mahmoud Gennesh
Defenders: Mahmoud Fathallah, Hani Said, Yasser Ibrahim, Hamada Tolba, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy, Hazem Emam, Ahmed Samir, Mostafa Fathy, Salah Soliman
Midfielders: Ahmed Tawfik, Noor El-Sayed, Islam Awad, Mohamed Ibrahim, Momen Zakaria, Ahmed Hassan, Shikabala, Said ‘Otta’ Mohamed, Ahmed Eid, Omar Gaber
Strikers: Ahmed Gaafar, Ahmed Ali, Arafa El Sayed, Ali Farid