Last Update 16:47
Sunday, 21 July 2019

Ahly fullback Fathi joins Qatar's Umm Salal

Ahmed Fathi joins Qatari side Umm Salal after opting not to renew his contract with Egyptian giants Ahly, vows to return to the Cairo club in the future

Ahram Online, Thursday 21 Aug 2014
Ahmed Fathi
Ahly's defender Ahmed Fathi (Photo: Bassam Al-Zoghby)
Share/Bookmark
Views: 924
Share/Bookmark
Views: 924

Egypt rightback Ahmed Fathi has completed a move to Qatari side Umm Salal after rejecting a new contract with Cairo giants Ahly.

Ahly's most capped player signed a three-year contract with Qatari side Umm Salal for $3 million.

The 29-year-old, a solid and versatile defender, underwent a trial at Arsenal but the English Premier League club did not pursue their interest in him, prompting Ahly to offer him a contract extension.

But he declined to continue his highly successful stint with Ahly, opting to join Qatar Stars League club Umm Salal after accepting a reportedly lucrative offer.

Fathi was one of Ahly's key players after joining in 2007, with his versatility and defensive prowess helping Ahly to a host of titles.

His previous spells abroad were at English clubs Sheffield United and Hull City, and Kuwaiti side Kazma.

Fathi has released a statement to announce the move: "I didn't leave Ahly for money as I preferred to play with the team until the last day before traveling.

"The current unrest in Egyptian football, and playing the league in two groups without fans are the main reasons that forced me to leave Ahly," Fathi added.

Fathi said he would return to Ahly after completing his contract in Qatar.

"I hope to return to Ahly again to retire from football wearing the Red's jersey, but it depends on the team's management and technical staff.

"I release this statement to confirm my love for Ahly fans and I hope to be a good representative for them outside Egypt.

"I will join fans in supporting Ahly until I return to the squad if the management agrees," he concluded.

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

 

Short link:

 

Email
 
Name
 
Comment's
Title
 
Comment
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.
Latest

© 2010 Ahram Online.