Zamalek President Galal Ibrahim has confirmed that the club would comply with all legal procedures necessary to guarantee its rights following reports that winger Hazem Emam would officially join Saudi club Al-Faisaly within hours.
In early November, Emam lodged a complaint with the Egyptian Football Authority against the White’s management, requesting that his contract be terminated due to salary delays. Zamalek, currently in the midst of a financial crisis, paid the players’ dues, but Emam refused to accept them and insisted on filing the formal complaint.
“The player can’t sign with another club as we’ve already paid his dues,” Zamalek’s president was quoted as saying by Al-Ahram’s Arabic-language news portal. “We’ve asked our legal consultant to lodge a complaint against FIFA. We will fight for our rights.”
Aggravating matters further, the White Castle board of directors has decided to levy fines on Emam and want-away teammate Amr Zaki for missing the club’s training sessions.
“Emam can’t ask to cancel the penalties since he’s already agreed to the sanctions when he signed his current contract,” explained Ibrahim.
Although the conflict remains ongoing with the Whites’ board, the 23-year-old player has reportedly already decided to leave the team and begin a new chapter of his career.
It has been reported that Emam was on the verge of joining a Belgian club, but the talented winger has denied this. Rather, he has confirmed that he would travel to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to undergo a medical check-up with Al-Faisaly before signing an official contract.