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Official: Egypt’s veteran keeper Essam El-Hadary rejoins Ismaily for third stint


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Egypt’s veteran keeper has rejoined Egyptian Premier League side Ismaily, the club announced on Monday.

This marks El-Hadary’s third stint at the Ismailia-based team as he previously played for the club during the 2009/10 and 2014/15 seasons. He joins the Egyptian Premier League side after his contract with Saudi Pro League side Al-Taawoun expired. During his one-year spell with the Saudi side, the 46-year-old keeper conceded 36 goals in 27 appearances across all competitions.

Ismaily were keen to sign a new goalkeeper after the departure of their first-choice keeper Mohamed Awad to Saudi side Al Wehda on loan. El-Hadary will now play at Ismaily under the leadership of Algerian manager Kheïreddine Madoui, who was appointed as head coach at the club to succeed Pedro Barny.

The long and illustrious career of the former Al Ahly keeper saw him play at a number of Egypt’s top-tier clubs including Zamalek, Wadi Degla and Ittihad of Alexandria. He also had stints at Sudanese side Al Merreikh and Swiss side FC Sion.

The Egypt international keeper became the oldest ever player to feature at a World Cup when he was included in the Pharaohs’ starting line up that lost 2-1 to Saudi Arabia last week.

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