OFFICIAL: Goalkeeper Ali Lotfi joins Al Ahly from ENPPI
Al Ahly have signed Egypt international goalkeeper Ali Lotfi from ENPPI on a long-term contract, the petroleum club announced on Wednesday.
The 28-year-old has arrived at the Red Castle to provide competition for Mohamed El-Shennawy and Sherif Ekramy, with Ahmed Adel so close to leaving the club.
He could become the solution to Al Ahly’s goalkeeping problems as he is expected to be a backup option to El-Shennawy after Ekramy’s inconsistent performances.
Lotfi, who is a product of ENPPI youth sector, had been with the Petroleum club since 2009, making over 90 appearances and helping them win a historic 2011 Egypt Cup title.
The goalkeeper made 11 appearances this season, conceding 13 goals while keeping four clean sheets. He managed to save a penalty against Zamalek as his former side forced the Whites to a 0-0 draw.
He was called up by Egypt manager Héctor Cúper in 2015 to make his international debut against Malawi in a friendly game, which finished in a 2-1 Pharaohs win. He was also part of the Egyptian national team that reached the second round in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
He becomes the Reds’ second winter signing after youngster Mohamed Fakhri, who arrived from Ghazl El-Mahalla for a fee of 1.8 million EGP.
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