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Hossam and Ibrahim Hassan refused Lazio to rejoin Al Ahly
The twins spoke to ONTV about the offers they refused for the sake of joining Al Ahly once again in 1992, having left the club in 1990/91 to join Greek giants PAOK.
Hossam’s words were to highlight the ‘injustice himself and his brother felt’, which thus ignited one of the biggest transfer shocks in Egyptian football history as they moved to arch-rivals Zamalek in the summer of 1999.
“We refused European offers from both Lazio and Celtic to join Al Ahly, as we felt the club needed both of us – we wanted to end our careers at the club but in a much better way,” Hossam stated. “I want Al Ahly to reveal the truth about how we left the club before I die.
“We wanted to play one more year with the club before hanging up our boots.”
Hossam and Ibrahim Hassan – who are now both manager and director of football at Al Masry – won a plethora of titles at Zamalek as well, playing a gigantic role in one of the club’s most successful eras ever.