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Official: Legendary goalkeeper Hadary signs for Wadi Degla
Legendary Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary signs for Wadi Degla, the club’s official website announced.
40-year-old Essam El-Hadary has returned to Egypt and was unveiled in a press conference with owner Maged Samy and coach Hany Ramzy as Wadi Degla’s No1 on Monday.
Veteran Egyptian keeper Hadary signs a one-year deal on a free transfer after his contract with Sudanese champions Al Merreikh expired in November, and he decided he would not be renewing for the club.
“I have great ambitions with Degla whether at the Egyptian league or the African Confederation Cup,” Hadary said during the press conference.
“Wadi Degla is the second professional club in Egypt after Ahly and I am happy to play here under the guidance of Coach Hany Ramzy,” he added.
El-Hadary went straight into training with his former Egypt teammate Hany Ramzy’s side – who were 2013 Egypt Cup finalists – after being officially unveiled by the club.
Arguably Egypt’s best ever goalkeeper and winner of four African Cup of Nations will now stand in between the sticks for Wadi Degla and should provide valuable experience for Amir Tawfik and Amir ‘Mero’ Noman.
The former Ahly, Ismaily and Zamalek keeper was also a target of newly promoted Qanat Al Suez before he opted to sign for Degla – which maybe the final destination of his career.
“I received offers from other Egyptian clubs and also from Congolese club TP Mazembe, but I preferred to join Degla with its professional administration. That will allow me to put all of my concentration in football alone.
“My Performance with Wadi Degla will be my gate to the national team again under new coach Gharib,” he concluded.
Hadary won the league in his final season in Sudan – his second Sudanese Premier league title with Al Merriekh – and managed eight clean sheets this year.
Photo credits to Wadi Degla’s official photographer Mohamed Eldeeb.