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Zamalek coach upbeat on Gamal signing

Helmi Toulan hopes Omar Gamal will be the first in a series of new signings during the winter transfer window

Omar Zaazou, Monday 13 Jan 2014
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Zamalek manager Helmi Toulan has said the signing of Omar Gamal was vital due to the departure of some key players.

Former Ismaily midfielder Gamal, 31, has just completed his switch to Zamalek from Libya's Ahly Tripoli as a free agent.

"I believe acquiring Omar Gamal is a good start for us in our bid to bring in further players," Toulan told Zamalek's official website.

"Given the current circumstances, Gamal is a much-needed acquisition especially after the departure of some important players. Thus it became now important to reinforce our squad in more than one position.

"I believe he will be able to help us on both domestic and continental fronts."

Zamalek's regular attacking midfielders Shikabala and Ahmed Eid are no longer available for the club after the former rescinded his deal and the latter requested being loaned out – due to financial issues.  

Gamal is now expected to deputise for the Egypt duo in the attacking midfield position, which also includes Mohamed Ibrahim and summer-signing Moemen Zakareya.

The playmaker is Zamalek's first signing in the winter transfer window, which is due to close on 31 January.

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