Momen Zakaria to stay at Al Ahly, praises new manager Patrice Carteron
Egypt international Momen Zakaria has revealed he will stay at Al Ahly despite reports linking the player with a move abroad.
The 30-year-old winger spent the second half of last season on loan at Saudi side Al Ahli Jeddah, scoring six goals in 17 games across all competitions.
After returning from his loan spell, Zakaria was linked with an exit from the club during the summer window, however, the player confirmed he will remain an Al Ahly player.
“I have remained silent in the past period, but I want to respond to rumors about my desire to leave the club and rejecting contract renewal,” Zakaria said.
“I have always been happy at Al Ahly. I have not and will not cause any trouble. I am now at the club, taking part in the training sessions after my loan expired, and I dream of winning all the trophies with Al Ahly.
“I have received offers recently, but Al Ahly refused to let me go, and I respect their decision,” he added.
He revealed they have a tough challenge ahead of them in the CAF Champions League and went on to praise new boss Carteron, saying the Frenchman is no stranger to Egyptian football.
“The tournament is a tough challenge for both players and coaches. We want to regain the CAF Champions League title which we haven’t won since 2013,” Momen Zakaria said.
“It is not an easy task. Al Ahly are not used to be in this position in the CAF Champions League, which makes the two encounters against Botswana’s Township Rollers very important to us.
“Patrice Carteron has a great experience in Africa and has led Mazembe to the Champions League title.
“He also has experience in the Egyptian Premier League with Wadi Degla, so he is no stranger to Egyptian or African football,” he concluded.
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