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EXCLUSIVE | Karim Hafez talks Omonoia, Al Ahly and Cyprus
Egypt international Karim Hafez speaks to KingFut about his time in Cyprus, following a year which can only be described as a successful one for the player on a personal level.
Hafez joined AC Omonoia Nicosia in the Cypriot league on loan, following the relegation on S.K Lierse from Belgium’s top flight last season.
With the season close to ending, Omonoia find themselves in the play-offs for European competitions, as well as the Cyprus Cup Final/
“We have been working really hard to give our best in every game,” Hafez told KingFut.
It is not yet known 20-year-old will remain at Omonoia past this season.
“At this stage I’m only concentrated on pushing with the team win the cup and to go to Europe. I
have a four-year contract with Lierse. Omonia has expressed interest in renewing my contract but like I said, I’m giving my best to end this year with good results and then we will see what happens,” the left-back continued.
Several news outlets have linked Hafez to Egypt giants Al Ahly. Despite being an Al Ahly youth academy players, Karim left the club when he was 14-years-old in aim of playing abroad.
“I just read on the newspapers, but no official contact has been made. For now my dream is to stay, grow in Europe and gain good experience. When the time comes to play in my country I hope Al Ahly will have an offer for me because it’s the biggest team in the world,” Hafez expressed.
Despite receiving his senior call-up for Egypt last year, and making his debut against Malawi, Hafez has been overlooked by Cuper. With injuries to starting left-back Mohamed Abdel-Shafy, many thought Hafez should be given the chance.
“Maybe because as you are aware, the Cypriot league is not famous in Egypt so that surely goes against me being called but I understand and respect the choice of the coach and I’m sure when the time comes I will have my chance.
“So far it has been a really good experience in Cyprus and I feel loved by my teammates and the club but mostly by the fans. Omonia is a very big team here and has a huge fan base and playing to make them happy gives me joy too,” Hafez concluded.