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Official: Zamalek sign ‘Egyptian Maradona’, Ahmed Eid departs to Libya
31-year-old Omar Gamal, a self-proclaimed ‘Maradona of Egypt’, returned home from Libya to sign a two-and-a-half year deal with Cairo giants Zamalek on Sunday, while veteran Ahmed Eid headed in the opposite direction to join Al Ahly Benghazi on Monday night.
Gamal, who was a key member of Ismaily’s squad over the last eight years, joined Zamalek’s training session on Monday and the club later announced they have received his international transfer certificate.
The arrival of the tricky attacking midfielder will help patch up Zamalek’s squad following their dilemma with Mahmoud Abdel-Razek ‘Shikabala’, who terminated his contract after filing a complaint against the club over his unpaid dues, and Ahmed Eid Abdel-Malak, who only joined the White Knights last season.
Gamal was named in the Egypt national team squad on several occasions under former coach Hassan Shehata, but last featured for the Pharaohs in a friendly against Argentina back in 2008.
Meanwhile, Zamalek’s 33-year-old attacking midfielder Ahmed Eid links up with former coach Tarek El-Ashry – who previously trained him at Haras El-Hodood – after joining Libyan side Al Ahly Benghazi.
The Egypt international veteran joined on a six-month loan deal late on Monday after giving up on receiving his delayed financial dues.
Abdel-Malek, who has over 50 caps with the Pharaohs, boycotted Zamalek’s recent trainings and requested to leave the Whites.
Zamalek played a friendly with Al Ahly Benghazi on Tuesday, winning 2-1 thanks to a brace from centre-back Mahmoud Fathallah, but Ahmed Eid was not involved.