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Grasshoppers’ Kahraba set for Egypt return, hints at Al Ahly switch
Mahmoud Abdel-Moneim ‘Kahraba’ is set to end his loan spell at Grasshoppers and has informed his parent club ENPPI that he will return to join their squad in two weeks time.
KingFut.com sources are also confident that Kahraba is already Ahly-bound and will move to the club in January on a six-month loan deal; however, Wael Gomaa, the Red Devils’ director of football, has denied all reports linking the player to the club.
Kahraba is still on a two-year contract with ENPPI, and his current six-month loan with the Zürich-based club was set to expire on December 31, 2014, having joined the club in May.
The Egyptian starlet has justified his decision to leave his current club by not getting the playing time he believes he deserves.
Kahraba mentioned in a television interview with Al Hayat that he will not be moving abroad unless he is promised a regular starting role with a ‘strong’ club.
“I’ve been playing abroad for a year and a half now, but the main issue is that I’m not playing often with the team I’m currently with,” said Kahraba.
“If there isn’t a strong team that wants me in January, then I’d prefer to just return to Egypt,” he added.
The 20-year-old attacking midfielder has hinted on previous occasions through various platforms – TV interviews and social media – that he would join Al Ahly in January. When asked in the same interview if Al Ahly requested to sign him, would he join? He simply responded “Yes, of course.”
“I’m not going to sit on the bench in Europe any longer,” Kahraba said firmly, before adding: “I’m 20 years old, I want to play. I’m not concerned with money or anything, I just want to play.”
The Egyptian international, who did not make a single appearance for the Pharaohs under Shawky Gharib, scored two goals in 10 league appearances – only half of which were starts – with Grasshoppers this season as they sit in 6th position in a 10-team league, grabbing just 5 wins from a total of 16 played.
It must be noted that Kahraba impressed on loan at FC Luzern last season, where he scored seven goals in 16 games before his contract was prematurely terminated – after the Luzern manager claimed Kahraba had acted unprofessionally.