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Official: Zamalek sign ‘Egyptian Maradona’, Ahmed Eid departs to Libya

Posted on January 14, 2014

Omar Gamal - Zamalek

Self-proclaimed ‘Egyptian Maradona’ signed for on a two-and-a-half year deal, while left the club on loan to Al Ahly Benghazi.

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 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.

Ahmed Eid - Libya

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.

One Comment

  1. Andrew Sidhom

    January 16, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    Great news for Mohamed Ibrahim and Omar Gaber (if not right now, then this summer)…

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