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Ahly cancel talks with Ghana's Opoku, set up friendlies ahead of league resumption

Ahly talks to sign Ghana striker have been suspended following the player's late arrival to Cairo; Reds receive offer to face Kuwait giants Al-Kuwait

Mahmoud Elassal, Sunday 6 Jan 2013
Egypt's Ahli Players celebrate winning their African Champions League (CAF) after their final soccer match against Tunisia's Esperance Sportive de Tunis (photo: Reuters)
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Ahly decided Sunday to halt negotiations to sign Ghana striker Agyemang Opoku in response to his failure to make it to Cairo on time for a trial ahead of a likely transfer in January.

"We stopped our negotiations with Ghana striker Agyemang Opoku, as he didn't arrive Cairo until now," Ahly football director Sayed Abdel-Hafiz told the club's official website.

"The club are currently searching for an African striker to sign during the winter transfer window after suspending talks with Opoku," Abdel-Hafiz added.

The trial at the club's headquarters was meant to be a step towards signing him in January after taking technical and medical tests.

The 23-year-old striker Opoku attracted the attention of Ahly manager Hossam El-Badry because of his role with in winning the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup with the Ghana U-20 national team, as well as helping the Black Stars senior team attain third place in the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations.

Ahly also recently stopped talks with Zimbabwe striker Edward Sadomba due to what was deemed as the player's "unreasonable demands."  The Reds are attempting to bolster their forwards, especially after loaning out Ivorian striker Oussou Konan and hinting at offloading Mauritania striker Dominique Da Silva.

 Ahly prepare for league resumption

The Red Devils are set to face Saudi giants Al-Hilal in a friendly on 11 January ahead of the new premier league season.

The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) decided to launch the new Premier League season on 2 February after a meeting between Egypt's sports minister and interior minister.

"Ahly will start preparations for the new season by facing Saudi Al-Hilal then playing two friendlies inside Egypt," Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry announced.

The Red Devils are considering accepting an offer from Kuwaiti site Al-Kuwait to face them in a friendly on 28 January to conclude their preparatory matches ahead of the league kick off.

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