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El-Hadary: I don’t regret leaving Al Ahly
Essam El-Hadary left Al Ahly for Switzerland’s FC Sion following a 12-year spell with the Red Devils in February of 2008, sparking international controversy over the legitimacy of the transfer. In 2009, International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) handed Hadary a four-month ban and banned FC Sion from registering new players for two transfer windows.
The legendary goalkeeper’s comments were made during an interview on live Egyptian television.”I don’t regret completing my move away from Al Ahly,” claimed El-Hadary, “that was the decision I made at the time, and I never regretted it,” he added.
“I had already achieved many honors with Al Ahly before I left the club,” asserted the 42-year-old goalkeeper.
When asked about Ghaly being stripped of Al Ahly captaincy, El-Hadary said, “I think he [Ghaly] will move away from Al Ahly.” The Egyptian goalkeeper added: “Ghaly is excused. He is playing under a lot of pressure and no one feels it.”
The former Egypt No 1’s last comments expressed his disinterest in the national team: “I don’t follow the Egyptian national team anymore; I don’t even know the match kick-off times.”
Essam El-Hadary currently plays for Ismaily, but has announced his intentions of parting ways with the Dervishes this summer.