Zamalek chairman Mortada Mansour has announced the team's new squad for the upcoming season, showing confidence in the new faces.
"We don't want you to give the evil-eye to the new squad. It's amazing. We have players from Syria, Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso, in addition to all Egyptian governorates," said Mansour during a press conference at the club's headquarters on Sunday afternoon.
Mansour, who recently sacked Portuguese coach Augusto Inacio, the 14th coach since he took charge in 2014, introduced several newly-signed players for the Cairo-based club.
He also revealed details of the profits resulting from the departure of some players.
Basel's newly-signed midfielder Omar Gaber (the club's official Facebook page)
"The contracts for the sale of Mohamed Abdel-Shafi and Omar Gaber, in addition to the loans of Mostafa Fathi and Mahmoud 'Kahraba' Abdel-Monim, have boosted our resources, bringing the club gains of EGP 190 million," he revealed.
"Our sons Hazem Emam, Khaled Kamar, Ibrahim Abdel-Khalek, Youssef Ibrahim, Mohamed Koffi, and Mostafa Mohamed, returned back to their club for free. We also signed Ahmed Magdy for free," Mansour said.
"The new signings include Salah Ashour, Ahmed Madbouly, Ahmed Dawoud, Mohamed Ramadan, Abdallah Gomaa, Mohamed El-Shamy, Ahmed Kaboria, Syrian duo Alaa El-Shebly and Moayad El-Aggan, in addition to Kabongo Kasongo, Ben Acheampong and Razak Cisse," he added.
Shikabala has four options to leave
Zamalek's Shikabala (Reuters)
Playmaker star Mahmoud "Shikabala" Abdel-Razik has received a Saudi offer, a Tunisian offer from Esperance, in addition to domestic offers, the Zamalek boss announced.
"Shikabala requested to leave. He has four options: either to accept the Saudi offer, the Tunisian, the local one or to remain with the team," Mansour said.
Zamalek trio haven't moved to Petrojet for free
Ahmed Gaafar (L) of Egypt's Zamalek (Photo: Reuters)
According to Mansour, defender Islam Gamal has been loaned to Petrojet for one season for EGP 2 million, while striker Ahmed Gaafar has been sold to the same team for the same amount.
Petrojet have also landed Mohamed Salem on a one-season loan deal for EGP 1 million.
Mansour also announced that forward Hossam Paulo has been moved to Ittihad of Alexandria for EGP 1.5 million on a one-season loan deal.
Zamalek have ended the season trophy-less, finishing third in the Egyptian Premier League and losing in the semi-finals of the Egypt Cup to Masry of Port Said, before an early exit from the African Champions League group stage.
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