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Official: Al Ahly sign Gabon forward Malick Evouna from Wydad
The Red Devils have confirmed on their official website that they have officially added the 22-year-old Gabonese international to their ranks on a contract that is set to run until 2018.
The Gabon forward is expected to arrive in Cairo from Morocco on Saturday evening, accompanied by Al Ahly international manager Haitham Orabi.
Evouna has been at the center of a biding war between Al Ahly and their Cairo rivals Zamalek SC, with many twists and turns taking place in the saga before the Wydad striker decided to opt for Al Ahly. The reported fee Al Ahly agreed with the Moroccan club is $2.5 million (approximately 19.6 million EGP).
The ex-Wydad Casablanca man was the Botola 1 top striker last season with a total of 16 goals in 26 played games, and added a total of five assists to his name on the same occasion. This season was Evouna’s second season with the Rouge et Blancs. His first season was also impressive having scored seven goals in 17 appearances.
The Gabonese international, who is Al Ahly’s second big signing of the summer transfer window after Ghanaian striker John Antwi, also boasts an impressive record with his national team, scoring six goals from 11 appearances.
With this signing, the Red Castle will now have to release one of their three foreign players in order to free yet another spot in their squad for Evouna, and respect the limit of three foreigners in each team, a rule imposed by the Egyptian Football Association.
With the Red Devils having already announced the signing of John Antwi, this means that two of the current three foreign players must leave. Most probable candidates to leave seem to be Saladin Said and Peter Ebimobowei, who both play the striker position just like the two new men (Antwi & Evouna).