Smouha Chairman: Barakat, El-Sayed signings fell through for reasons beyond our control
Hussien El-Sayed, a left-back who made 45 appearances for the club, scoring four goals and providing six assists, struggled to nail down a starting place this season. El-Sayed made only five appearances across all competitions so far, scoring once against Ittihad of Alexandria and assisting in the Egypt Cup against Telefonat Beni Suef.
Amr Barakat, who joined from Belgian side Lierse S.K. in January 2017, made only one single league appearance since his arrival, but he shone during the Arab Club Championship, scoring two goals, including a 92-minute winner against Algeria’s NA Hussein Dey.
The two were struggling for gametime at Al-Ahly, and a loan move to Smouha was almost finalized. Smouha even went as far as announcing the transfer on their Facebook page.
Amer took to Facebook to announce the failed transfer, “The deal for Amr Barakat and Hussein al-Sayed on loan has been disrupted for reasons beyond my control.” Amer said.
It is worth noting that Al-Ahly wanted to sign the Smouha duo Mahmoud Abdul Aziz and Abdullah Bakri earlier.
Smouha are currently fourth in the Egyptian Premier League with 32 points, 16 behind leaders Al Ahly. Their next game will be against 16th-placed Wadi Degla on Monday, January 29.
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