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


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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 Al Ahly keeper left the Cairo giants in 2008 after 12 years to join Swiss side FC Sion. He later had stints with Egyptian sides Zamalek, 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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