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Zamalek's Shikabala to join Napoli on loan

White Knights' troublesome forward Mahmoud Abdel-Razek 'Shikabala' set to join Italian side Napoli on one-year loan deal

Mohamad Mosselhi , Wednesday 27 Jun 2012
Zamalek's Shikaballa (Photo: Ahram)
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Zamalek announced on Wednesday that team forward Mahmoud Abdel-Razek 'Shikabala' would join Serie A side Napoli on a one-year loan deal after the Italian side offered 1,800,000 euro to complete the deal.

The 26-year-old forward has been under fire since his touchline spat with Coach Hassan Shehata during Zamalek’s 2-0 win over Maghreb Fes in a CAF Champions League match last may.

After the falling out, Shehata left his post as team coach before the club’s management convinced him to return, promising to take severe measures against the talented – if troublesome – forward.    

Zamalek’s board fined Shikaballa 25 per cent of his contracted salary (some LE2 million) for his rambunctious behaviour, further announcing plans to loan him out for one year.

Shikabala, who has earned a reputation for troublemaking, currently has three years left in his contract with the club.

The player will now have the chance to play in the next edition of the Europa League, as Napoli ended fifth in the Serie A table last season.

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28-06-2012 10:20am
Grande Shika!
If it proves to be true - and with the history of attempts to transfer Shika and Egyptian players more generally, seeing is believing - this would be fantastic. Shikabala is by a long margin the best talent Egypt has seen in decades, and it is time for those talents to be seen and appreciated around the world.
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