Egypt's defender Hegazi makes debut with the EPL's West Bromwich in a friendly

Ahram Online , Wednesday 19 Jul 2017

Hegazy joined the Baggies for a season-long loan from Ahly for a fee of one million euros

Ahmed Hegazy (Photo: West Bromwich Albion's official facebook page)

Egypt's center-back Ahmed Hegazi made his debut with his new club West Bromwich Albion in the English Premier League on Wednesday in a pre-season match against Leicester City.

The 26-year old Hegazi started the match that and was substituted on minute 65.

Bromwich lost 6-7 to Leicester on penalties after a 1-1 draw in regulation.

Hegazi was active in the defense line and also contributed in the Premiere League side attacks.

The Egyptian international joined the Baggies Monday in a season-long loan for a reported fee of one million Euros. The deal includes an option for West Brom to make the switch permanent for the price of one million Euros.

Hegazi now kicks off his second overseas adventure following an injury-plagued spell with Serie A side Fiorentina - whom he joined from Egypt's Ismaily in 2012.

He returned to Egypt three years later, but opted to join Ahly, where he became an integral part of the Cairo giants' backline.

The towering defender played a crucial role helping Egypt secure a runner-up finish in last edition's Nations Cup in Gabon, thanks in part to his superb defensive skills throughout the tournament.

West Brom, who usually adopt an ultra-defensive strategy under manager Tony Pulis, finished 10th in the Premier League last season.

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