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Free striker Hamdy angry at 'unfair' Ahly

Ahly star El-Sayed Hamdy calls his release from Ahly 'an injustice' and says he's in 'negotiations' with other clubs, Egyptian and international

Eslam Omar, Monday 21 Jul 2014
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Ahly striker El-Sayed Hamdy (Photo:Ahram)
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Former Ahly forward El-Sayed Hamdy has expressed his disappointment with the Cairo-based club after it released him.

"This is an injustice. It's an unfair decision," Hamdy told an Egyptian TV sports programme Monday afternoon.

Hamdy, 30, who joined the Cairo giants from Petroleum-owned Petrojet in 2011, starred with Ahly and gained many trophies.

"I have been doing my best at Ahly since the era of Manuel Jose and I could prove my worth to him before he left, following the stoppage of league play in the wake of the Port Said disaster [in February 2012]," Hamdy explained.

"I also was able to convince coach Hossam El-Badry, who depended on me, especially in the 2012 season of the CAF Champions League," he added.

The player, who started in Tanta, joined the Egyptian national team in 2009 but made only a few appearances.

The striker is among five other players that Ahly decided to get rid of as they are rebuilding the team and promoting new talent from the youth teams.

The other four released players are: Ahmed "Manga" Nabil, Ahmed Shedid, Ahmed Raouf and Shehabeldin Ahmed.

The Reds are currently under the helm of new Spanish coach Juan Carlos Garrido, former head of Villarreal, Real Betis and Club Brugge, who replaced interim coach Fathi Mabrouk after a successful season of winning the Egyptian Premier League.

"I kept fit and ready despite facing very hard circumstances due to league stoppage. This is an injustice," Hamdy insisted.

The striker says he will soon announce his plans as he has yet to decide between clubs in and outside Egypt who are in "ongoing negotiations with him".

Reports suggested that the player is in talks with Kuwaiti club El-Defaa, led by former Egypt manager Hassan Shehata, who carried the Pharaohs through three successive Africa Cup of Nations titles – 2006, 2008 and 2010.

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