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El-Hadary: Ready for a new challenge with Al Taawoun

Posted on July 11, 2017
Essam El-Hadary

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Legendary goalkeeper spoke in a press conference about his new experience moving to Saudi Arabian side Al-Taawoun from Wadi Degla on a one-year contract.

El-Hadary officially joined Al-Taawoun on June 28 this year becoming the first foreign goalkeeper in the Saudi Pro League as the Saudi Football Federation had recently lifted a ban on signing foreign keepers.

The four-time Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) winner assured that he will do his best to achieve a number of goals with his new club. “I have a new challenge now with Al-Taawoun and I will aim to do my best to win this challenge,” El-Hadary said in the press conference. “I want to perform well with the club first for myself and then for those who trust me and my potentials.”

The veteran goalkeeper also praised the club’s board for signing Zamalek’s winger Mostafa Fathi on a one-year loan deal only a few days after El-Hadary’s deal was announced. “Mostafa Fathi is young, promising and talented. I am happy that he joined the club,” he added.

Regarding his retiring, El-Hadary said: “I am really happy I moved to Al-Taawoun and I would like to retire here.” The goalkeeper also said that after all these years is still his favorite club.


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