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Ahly extend eight contracts to save future

Ahly announces the contract extension of the team's key-players in a step to secure its future

Mahmoud Elassal, Monday 3 Nov 2014
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Ahly have extended the contracts of key players, Amr Gamal, Walid Soliman, Mahmoud Hassan "Trezeguet," Mohamed Naguib, Ahmed Abdel-Zaher, Ramadan Sobhi, Karim Bambo and Saad Samir to end the transfer saga ahead of the winter transfer window that kicks off in January.

"All players agreed to put pen to paper on new contracts before receiving information about details," Ahly football director Wael Goma said in a press conference on Monday.

"This situation proves the players' loyalty [to the team] which we earned throughout previous generations," he added.

Ahly football supervisor Alaa Abdel-Sadeq also revealed that management extended the players contracts to combine both young and experienced players.   

"Those names are the teams' future so management decided to keep them in the squad," Abdel-Sadeq said.

The Cairo giants are bidding to snatch the Confederation Cup title for the first time as they will face Ivory Coast's Sewe Sport in the final later this month as well as defend their Egyptian Premier title for the 9th successive time.

Ahly took part in the Confederation Cup after they were eliminated in the preliminary rounds of the CAF Champions League, Africa's elite competition which they have won a record eight times.

Walid Soliman

The in-form Ahly forward signed a three-year contract with team as his current deal was set to expire at the end of the ongoing season.

The 29-year-old, who joined Ahly from Petroleum side ENPPI in 2011 preferred to stay with the team for another spell after long time contract negotiations in the previous months.

 "I had no choice but to sign a new contract with Ahly when I received a formal offer from management," Soliman told the press conference.

"I suffered a lot to wear Ahly's jersey so I want to continue playing here." He added.

Amr Gamal

Ahly have extended the four-year contract of their first choice striker Gamal by a year, meaning that he will be playing with the team for the next five years.

The 23-year-old still has four years in his current contract with team and management has decided to raise his wages in the coming season.

Gamal came to Ahly from its youth team last season when they suffered from absences due to injuries.

He is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair a damaged knee ligament he sustained during the 4-2 win over Damanhour in the Egyptian Premier League last week.

"I am proud to be part of Ahly's team and I won't forget what they did for me by extending my contract and raising my salary." Gamal told reporters after the contract extension announcement.

"This deal from management will push me to do my best with team when I recover from the injury." The Egypt and Ahly striker concluded.

Ahmed Abdel-Zaher

The 29-year-old, who is currently part of Ahly's efficient frontline, has extended his contract with Ahly for five years, confirming he wants to end his football career with the Cairo giants.

"I learned about the contract extension officially just now during the press conference," Abdel-Zaher said during Ahly's press conference.

"Since management started negotiations about the contract extension, I agreed without any clauses as I want to retire from football here," he added.

Karim Bambo & Ramadan Sobhi

Ahly has also extended the contracts of midfielders Karim Bambo and Ramadan Sobhi for five years after raising their contracts fees.

The 21-year-old, Bambo and 17-year-old Sobhi were registered in the first team squad last season as they managed to improve their game and book a regular place in the team's squad as they won the Egyptian Premier League title with the Red Devils.

"I am happy for the team's confidence and I promise to do my best to prove that I deserve that appreciation," Sobhi said.  

Mahmoud Hassan "Trezeguet"

Ahly extended the contract of the 20-year-old attacking midfielder for another two years despite the fact that he still has three years left in his current deal with the team.

Cairo giants football director Wael Gomaa commented on Trezeguet's new contract: "It's a message from management that any player who helps the team will be treated well."

Trezeguet is Ahly’s current in-form midfielder, proving to be the team’s savior in its toughtest games.

Mohamed Naguib & Saad Samir

Ahly managed to save the future of their defence by extending the contracts of these two defenders for five years.

"I just learned about the contract extension this morning so I thank the management for their confidence as it's an honour for any player to wear Ahly's jersey," the 31-year-old Naguib told the press conference.

Naguib, who joined Ahly in July 2011 from Ittihad El-Shorta, managed to book a regular place in the team's squad in a short time and he is now Ahly's first choice defender in the domestic and continental games.

Meanwhile, the 25-year-old Saad Samir revealed that Ahly management didn't inform him about the contract extension as they did with his teammates so the press conference was the first he heard of the extension. He promised to do more to approve that he deserve the management confidence.

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