Aly Ghazal delighted after meeting Whitecaps teammates
Egypt’s Aly Ghazal expressed his happiness and excitement as he was introduced to his new club Vancouver Whitecaps after officially moving to the MLS side.
“It is a good group and I hope I can help the team,” the defender said after his first training session. “I liked the club and was interested to move here after the coach asked me to join the club. It is a new adventure,” Ghazal told the club’s official website.
The Egyptian player left the recently-promoted Chinese Super League outfit which he joined last window coming from Portugal’s CD Nacional as he failed to get much game time after the change in Super League regulations regarding foreign players.
A new rule was passed after Ghazal joined the Chinese Super League forcing clubs to only register three foreign players in the matchday squad out of the five foreign players in each team.
“Everyone thinks that I haven’t been playing for six months but that is not true. I have been playing since March in China in cup games and with the second team,” he added. “I left because I wanted to play more football but I do not regret moving there.”
When asked about the first time he was contacted by Vancouver Whitecaps, the player revealed that the first connection was made two months ago and everything was delayed because of the Chinese side and because he needed to finish all his paper work.
“I play as a defensive midfielder and as a central defender but I am open to playing in any position the coach wants me to play in,” he explained. “I will do my best to earn my position with the team.”
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