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OFFICIAL: African legend Essam El-Hadary joins Saudi side Al Taawoun

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Posted on June 28, 2017

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Photo: Al Taawoun


Egypt international goalkeeper has joined Saudi Arabian side Al Taawoun from Wadi Degla on a one-year contract, the club announced on Wednesday.

The veteran keeper will become the first foreign goalkeeper in the Saudi Pro League as the Saudi Football Federation had recently lifted a ban on signing foreign keepers.

Following the Saudi FA decision, several news reports linked El-Hadary with a move to Al Taawoun before the Saudi side announced finalising an agreement with the 44-year-old keeper.

The former keeper left the Cairo giants in 2008 after 12 years to join Swiss side FC Sion. He later had stints with Egyptian sides , Ismaily and Wadi Degla and had also represented Sudan’s Al Merreikh.

The four-time Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) winner remains part of Egypt’s squad and has most recently helped the Pharaohs reach the 2017 AFCON final.

Al Taawoun finished mid-table in seventh position in the 2016/17 Saudi Pro League after collecting 31 points and conceding 40 goals in 26 games.

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