Bidvest CEO: El-Badry was the biggest stumbling block in Gamal’s deal
The young forward moved to Bidvest Wits on a one-year loan deal from the Red Devils and was officially introduced on Tuesday becoming the first Egyptian player to play for a South African side.
“We had our eye on him from March, when we played Al Ahly in the Champions League,” said Ferreira during the press conference. “The coach Gavin Hunt identified him as a potential player for us, and we started working in earnest as soon as the season ended. I want to tell you he is probably the most difficult player I have ever had to negotiate for.”
The CEO confirmed the importance of having Gamal in the team’s squad adding that he faced difficult ongoing negotiations with the Egyptian side to sign him.
“It was the most difficult transfer I have ever worked on. It took us working every day for two months to try and get Amr here. I don’t want to say anything untoward, but the coach Hossam El-Badry was the biggest stumbling block.”
Ferreira then said that the player must be given credit for his ambition and willingness to join the team, as this has helped the South African side seal the deal.
“Al Ahly are a top club, the biggest in the African continent and the only reason he is here today is because of Amr Gamal. He worked very hard in trying to convince his club to allow him to come to South Africa. His coach didn’t want him to come.”
“It didn’t help when in July he scored two goals in the Champions League for Al Ahly against Coton Sport and then last week in the Egyptian cup final he came on as a substitute in extra time and scored the equaliser and gave the assist for the winner,” he added.
The player expressed optimism during the press conference pointing out that moving to South Africa will help him progress in his career. He is currently waiting for his work permit and international clearance from the South African Football Association.
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