Ittihad Goal keeper Abdel-Monsef during training on Tuesday 21 September, 2021. Photo courtesy of Ittihad Facebookpage
Egyptian veteran goalkeeper Mohamed Abdel-Monsef has joined Ittihad of Alexandria from league rivals Wadi Degla in a bid to extend his stay in the prestigious domestic competition.
“Abdel-Monsef joined the team on a two-year contract starting from the new 2021/2022 season,” the costal club announced in a statement via its official website late on Tuesday.
The 44-year-old Monsef is the Egyptian Premier League’s longest serving keeper, as he began his career in the topflight league with Dina Farms FC in 1995.
The veteran keeper will be extending his record to 26 consecutive seasons played in the Egyptian Premier League when he steps on the pitch next season wearing Ittihad’s jersey.
He is the 11th summer signing of the Alexandria-based club.
Monsef left Wadi Degla, which he joined in 2017, after the club was relegated to the second division.
“I always respect my contracts, but I told Wadi Degla’s management that I can’t play in the second division, as I am aiming to rejoin the national team,” Abdel-Monsef recently told an Egyptian TV channel.
“I am seeking to extend my record in the Egyptian Premier League, as I am close to becoming the most-capped player in the [history of the] domestic competition.”
“I played 451 matches in 25 seasons, and my target is to break the world record of AS Roma legend Francesco Totti, who played 25 seasons with his club before his retirement. I am still learning and developing myself,” he added.
A long career
After spending four years at Dina Farms FC, Abdel-Monsef started the golden era of his career when he joined Cairo giants Zamalek, where he played for eleven years.
During his career at Zamalek, Monsef won three Egyptian Premier League titles (2000/2001, 2002/2003, 2003/2004), three Egypt Cups (2000, 2002, and 2008), and the African Champions League title in 2002.
He then moved to Gouna FC in 2010 followed by Enppi in 2012, before settling at Wadi Degla since 2017.
Besides being a first-pick goalkeeper, Monsef also played the role of the football director of Wadi Degla last season.
He was a member of the Egyptian national team lineup that won the African Cup of Nations twice in 2006 and 2008.
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