Egyptian star Ahmed “Mido” Hossam has been named in Zamalek's first team squad for the first time since arriving at the White Castle last January.
The former Tottenham, Marseille and AS Roma forward returned to Zamalek last winter from Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam, but failed to gain international clearance to play for the club within FIFA transfer deadline due to the January 25 popular uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak from power.
Zamalek's technical staff, under the helm of Hassan Shehata, announced the 20-man squad for Wednesday’s match against Ghazl El-Mahalla in round two of the Egyptian Premier league.
Shehata recalled Mohamed Ibrahim and youth player Ahmed El-Sayed. Omar Gaber and Alaa Ali are sidelined for tactical reasons while Benin striker Razak Omotoyossi, who is in dispute with the club, has been absent from training for several weeks.
The 26-year-old Omotoyossi recently joined Zamalek for $150,000 on a three-year contract from Swedish side Syrianska.
The Whites are to hold a final training session Tuesday night before heading to Ismailiya where they will play their home as part of the punishment received for their fans rioting during their Egypt Cup final loss to ENPPI.
Goalkeepers: Abdel-Wahed El-Sayed , Mahmoud Gennesh.
Defenders: Mahmoud Fathallah, Salah Soliman, Karimu Al-Hassan, Ahmed El-Sayed.
Midfielders: Hazem Emam, Ahmed Samir, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy, Sabry Rahil, Ibrahim Salah, Ahmed Hassan, Ahmed El-Merghany, Mahmoud Abdel-Razek “Shikabala, Ahmed Tawfik.
Forwards: Amr Zaki, Hussein Hamdy, Ahmed Gaafar, Mohamed Ibrahim, Ahmed “Mido” Hossam.