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Shikabala denies asking to terminate contract with Zamalek
Egypt international Shikabala failed to attend a meeting with the Zamalek board to reduce his wages last week, and also missed an entire week of training with the Whites.
The controversial 27-year-old later sent a memo to the Whites’ board asking for his late dues worth 8,000,000 EGP in full, and reportedly asked the FA to terminate his contract.
Zamalek coach Helmy Toulan later came forward and said that Shikabala had asked for a ‘rest’ and that the player was suffering from a ‘cold’.
The former Al Wasl star later denied all reports surrounding the dispute and added that he is fully committed to Zamalek.
Over the past few years the talented Zamalek winger has had his fair share of problems with the club, and these recent issues has sparked a sense of déjà vu with the club’s fans.
Shika’s issues with Zamalek began as early as 2005, when a then young Shikabala with a lot of promise left Zamalek without the club’s consent to join Greek side PAOK, where he played for two seasons before leaving the club following an argument with the coach.
He then returned to Egypt amidst huge controversy that he reportedly had signed with the Whites’ traditional rivals Al Ahly, and photos of the player with the Ahly board members fueled the rumors. Shikabala would have completed the transfer, if it weren’t for then club president Mamdouh Abbas and former Zamalek striker Gamal Hamza convincing him to re-join Zamalek.
2010 was certainly Shikabala’s year, he was on top form and helped Zamalek finish 2nd under Hossam Hassan. He caught the attention of Belgian giants Anderlecht, but following a string of unsuccessful negotiations between Zamalek and the Belgians, Shikabala opted to sign for the latter without the club’s consent, before cancelling his agreement after pressure from fans and club members.