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Hossam Ghaly requests to leave Al Ahly

Hossam Ghaly - Al Ahly

Al Ahly’s former captain Hossam Ghaly has informed the club’s board of his decision to leave the Red Castle following his exclusion from the team’s squad to face Etoile du Sahel.

Ghaly and fellow midfielder Abdallah El-Said were omitted from the squad traveling to Tunisia to face Etoile du Sahel on Saturday’s CAF Confederation Cup clash due to arguments with the coaching staff after the final Egyptian Premier League match against ENPPI, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

“Ghaly and El-Said are not included in Al Ahly’s trip to Tunisia to play against Etoile du Sahel. It is a disciplinary decision due to what happened after ENPPI’s game in the league,” Al Ahly football director Wael Gomaa said.

Ghaly and Gomaa got into an argument during half-time of the game due to the former Feyenoord and Tottenham man scolding defender Sherif Hazem in the locker room. On the other hand, Abdallah El-Said disagreed with Fathi Mabrouk’s decision not to start him in the match and told the Ahly manager if he did not want to start him, he would rather not include him in the squad because he was ‘exhausted.’

Besides being excluded from the upcoming game, both players will face a fine and won’t take part in the team’s training sessions for two days.

“I have spoken to Wael Gomaa and Alaa Abdel-Sadek and informed them of my decision to leave the team and asked them to transfer my request to the club’s president,” Ghaly told Yallakora.

“I have endured more than I can as of late, and everyone says that I am causing problems with the club. I did not speak after they took the captaincy from me, as I just wanted to continue with the team and win championships. I wanted to retire with Al Ahly, but I have made my final decision [to leave],” Ghaly said.

The 33-year-old midfielder captained Al Ahly for most of the season, before being stripped of captaincy after throwing the captain’s armband and kicking it following being sent off the field in a 1-0 loss to Haras El-Hodood in May.

Ghaly started his senior career with the Red Devils in 2000, where he spent three years before being sold to Feyenoord and then to Tottenham Hotspur. He continued to play his trade throughout Europe and Asia before returning to Al Ahly in 2010. He had a brief stint with Belgian club Lierse in 2013 before once again cementing his midfield role with the Cairo giants.

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