Ceramica Cleopatra FC announced Friday that their newly signed playmaker Saleh Gomaa has tested positive for COVID-19 again after he recently recovered from the virus once before and that he will miss the team's first game at the Egyptian Premier League.
The talented former Ahly player was infected by the virus on 20 November and missed the Red Devils' 2-1 win over Zamalek at the CAF Champions League final game. He then recovered from the infection and tested negative on 2 December, before joining Ceramica Cleopatra.
The newly promoted team, Ceramica Cleopatra are scheduled to face El-Entag El-Harby in the first matchday of the Egyptian Premier League on Friday.
"All the team's players tested negative for COVID-19 except Gomaa who will miss the game against El-Entag El-Harby," read a statement by Ceramica Cleopatra.
Ahly terminated Gomaa's contract amicably. He made 72 appearances with the club during his five-year stay, he scored 12 goals as well as made 13 assists.
Ceramica Cleopatra FC qualified for the Egyptian Premier League last month for the first time ever. They have so far landed 14 players, including several footballers who played for Cairo's famed duo Ahly and Zamalek, such as playmaker Mohamed Ibrahim and winger Mido Gaber.
The club, which was established in 2006, sealed promotion to the top flight on the final day of last season. (clarify)