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Official: Ghanaian hitman John Antwi pens four-year deal with Al Ahly
Nights after Al Shabab announced the transfer agreement with Al Ahly, the Red Devils have completed the signing of 22-year-old John Antwi for $1 million on a four-year deal; five months after the Ghanaian hitman joined the Saudi club from Ahly’s rivals Ismaily.
Al Shabab paid the Dervishes a reported $2.2 million in January, but after scoring only four goals in Saudi Arabia, the Black Stars hopeful was deemed surplus to requirements.
Antwi, a Dreams FC product and formerly of Accra Hearts of Oak and Sekondi Eleven Wise, is no stranger to the Egyptian Premier League, as he spent two years at Ismaily, topping the goal scoring charts each season with a combined 28 goals before being sold to Al Shabab. The Ghanaian underwent a trial at Al Ahly before joining Ismaily, but was rejected by Hossam El-Badry.
Al Ahly manager Fathi Mabrouk is looking forward to welcoming Antwi’s ‘brilliance’ to his side, as he said prior to the official unveiling: “Antwi is a good addition to the team, as we all know his brilliant qualifications since he was wearing Ismaily jersey. He has the striker’s qualifications that Ahly need.”
The arrival of the Ghanaian means Al Ahly will be selling at least one foreign player this summer, as they already had a maximum of three: German-Brazilian Hendrik Helmke, Nigeria’s Peter Ebimobowei and Ethiopia star Saladin Said, with the latter heavily tipped to be departing after failing to impress on his debut season with the club.
Ahly’s strike-force have been desperate for goals this season with Abdel-Zaher, Ebi and Saladin combining for just 10 league goals; veteran striker Emad Meteb had 11, but was often disciplined for controversial media remarks, while Amr Gamal and Gedo both faced extensive layoffs with injuries.
The Red Devils are currently in third place in the league, nine points behind their Cairo rivals Zamalek, who have one game in hand at the top of the table.