Last Update 22:46
Thursday, 24 October 2019

Brazilian midfielder Hendrik hails Ahly move, warm welcome

Hendrik doesn't know a lot about Egyptian football, but says he is happy to join the biggest club in Africa

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Saturday 31 Jan 2015
German-Brazilian midfielder Hendrik Helmke during Al-Ahly training session on Saturday, Jan 31, 2015 (Photo: Al-Ahly official website)
Views: 1671
Views: 1671

Ahly's new signing, German-Brazilian midfielder Hendrik Helmke, has expressed his delight at joining the Cairo giants, saying he hopes to achieve success with his new club.

On Friday, Ahly announced the signing of Hendrik for a period of three-and-a-half years.

The 27-year-old, who was born in Germany and is of Brazilian descent, joined the reigning Egyptian champions on a free transfer after his contract with Norwegian side Tromso expired.

"I am very happy to join the biggest club in Africa, and also with the warm welcome I received from Portuguese coach Juan Carlos Garrido," Hendrik, who appeared at the Reds training session on Saturday morning, told reporters.

"I wish success for this new stage in my football career.

"I don't know a lot about Egyptian football as I heard only about Hany Ramzy and Mohamed Zidan who played before in Germany," he added.

Helmke is the second foreigner to join Ahly in the January transfer window, after Nigerian forward Peter Ebimobowei.

Ahly are seeking to bolster their squad after a disappointing first half of the season that saw them fall eight points behind league leaders and arch-rivals Zamalek, who played one game more.

(For more sports news and updates, follow Ahram Online Sports on Twitter at @AO_Sports and on Facebook at AhramOnlineSports.)

Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

© 2010 Ahram Online.