Zamalek consider naturalizing Nigerian midfielder Moruf Yusuf
Zamalek president Mortada Mansour is considering naturalizing Nigerian midfielder Moruf Yusuf to keep him at the club.
The 25-year-old is so close to leaving Zamalek due to the foreign players’ quota, as the Whites currently have five foreign players, Tunisian duo Hamdi Nagguez and Ferjani Sassi, Morocco’s Hamid Ahaddad, Kabongo Kasongo of DR Congo, and Yusuf.
This made Zamalek start the proceedings of helping Yusuf getting the Egyptian citizenship as the club want to honor the player in the light of his commitment and discipline over the past couple of years.
Ever since his move to Zamalek from Ittihad Al-Shorta in 2014, the center midfielder has been an integral part of the team’s setup despite the several managerial changes the team has undergone.
He revealed before that he nearly represented the Pharaohs during Bob Bradley’s reign, but the player couldn’t get the Egyptian citizenship.
Yusuf was called-up by the Nigerian national team last year but didn’t play, meaning he could still represent the Pharoahs if he is granted the citizenship.
Moruf Yusuf joined the White Knights from fellow Egyptian side Ittihad El-Shorta in the summer of 2014 and since then he has played 133 matches for them, scoring seven and assisting 14 times.
He was part of the Zamalek team which achieved the domestic double in 2015, as well as winning Egypt Cup twice and the Egypt Cup once with the Whites.
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