OFFICIAL: Egypt international Aly Ghazal joins CD Feirense
Egypt international defender Aly Ghazal joined Clube Desportivo Feirense on a free transfer, the Portuguese club have announced on Sunday.
The 26-year-old departed MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps last month after making 36 appearances for them since his arrival in June 2017 from Chinese outfit GZ Hengfeng.
After his departure, Ghazal was training with Egypt’s Wadi Degla, the club he represented at the youth level, and previously confirmed interest from Cairo giants Al Ahly.
However, the negotiations fell through and Ghazal will be returning to Portugal, where he first started his career abroad with CD Nacional in 2013, but this time he will join CD Feirense.
He will become the third Egyptian to represent the Portuguese side after the Mokhtar twins, Amr and Ahmed Mokhtar, who represented the club during the 2014/2015 season.
During his first stint in Portugal, Ghazal made 123 appearances for CD Nacional, including 107 in the Liga Nos and two in the Europa League, and even went to captain the club.
On the international level, Ghazal has represented the Egyptian national team seven times, with his last appearance coming against Swaziland last October.
Feirense are struggling in the league this season as they currently sit 16th on the league table after 16 rounds, winning just twice.
After eight defeats this season and 23 goals conceded, Ghazal will hope to play an important role in the club’s defensive line to help them stay in the league.
Janeiro é mês de transferências e, depois do avançado Steven, hoje podemos anunciar mais um reforço: @AlyGhazal . O internacional egípcio deixou a @futbolMLS e é jogador do @cdfeirensesad BEM-VINDO GHAZAL! 6⃣6⃣ 🇪🇬#CasteloAoPeito #ForçaBillas pic.twitter.com/tLcBaT0uIt
— CD Feirense – Futebol, SAD (@cdfeirensesad) January 6, 2019
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