Zamalek captures Masry’s Said, Amr Zaki will remain

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Wednesday 10 Aug 2011

Masry’s Hani Said adds more power to the backline while Amr Zaki will lead the attack next season

Hany Said
Hany Said (Photo: AL-Ahram)

Egyptian giants Zamalek have officially completed the signing of Masry’s defender Hani Said, with the deal signed in the early hours of Wednesday.

The costal club's star has signed a three-year contract that will keep him with the Whites until 2014.

“We have agreed with Masry officials to pay them two million pounds, the release clause in the player’s contract,” Zamalek board member Tarek Ghoneim told the club’s official website.

“In the first season, the player will earn LE1.8 million, to grow by LE200,000 in each of the following two seasons,” he added.

The Egyptian Premier League runners-up have already landed Maqassa’s striker Hussein Hamdy on a three-year deal for LE3 million ($508,500), Maqassa’s defender Hani Said on a one-season loan deal and Ghanaian defender Karim Alhassan.  

The Cairo giants are yet to finalise the deal for international player Ahmed Hassan after his departure from archrivals Ahly.

Zaki is staying

Of those already at the club, striker Amr Zaki will remain with Zamalek despite the recent announcement that the club's board has accepted a million euros bid from Turkish side Sivasspor.

Zamalek’s decision to release Zaki was seen as a solution to their current financial problems, but a sudden meeting with new head coach Hassan Shehata has stopped the matter.

“I told Shehata that I want to stay and he also said he doesn’t want me to leave,” the 28-year-old hitman declared.

“I confirmed that I will do my best in the coming season to help the club clinch its first league title since 2003,” added the former Wigan Athletic player who endured an injury-plagued campaign last season.

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