No January signings for Ahly, says football director
Hatem Maher, Friday 20 Jan 2012
Ahly do not intend to sign new players in the ongoing January transfer window, according to the club’s football director

Ahly coach Manuel Jose believes there is no need for squad reinforcements during the January transfer window, football director Sayed Abdel-Hafiz said on Friday.

The Egyptian Premier League holders have spent big last summer to bolster their squad, bringing in a number of high-profile players including attacking midfielders Abdallah El-Saied and Walid Soliman, who joined from Ismaily and ENPPI respectively.

Zamalek, Ahly’s arch-rivals, have been active so far in January, signing three new players in midfield trio Nour El-Sayed, Islam Awad and Cameroonian Alexis Mendomo.

“Mr. Jose does not want to buy more players after the loan signing of Sekka El-Hadid forward Ahmed Farag,” Abdel-Hafiz, who played under the guidance of Jose in the early 2000s, told Egyptian radio.

“We never opened talks with (Sudan-based striker Edward Sadomba) to sign him,” he added, refuting recent reports that suggested Ahly were targeting the Zimbabwean, who plays for Al-Hilal.

Ahly, who are chasing an eighth consecutive league triumph, are second in the league table with 33 points, one behind surprise leaders Harras El-Hodoud. Zamalek lie third on 32 points.

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