Ex-Chelsea winger Florent Malouda may make Degla debut against Zamalek

Ahram Online , Saturday 13 Feb 2016

Florent Malouda
Florent Malouda poses with the Wadi Degla shirt after joining the Egyptian Premier League club (Wadi Degla's official Facebook page)

Ex-Chelsea winger Florent Malouda is in line to make his Wadi Degla debut when they face defending champions Zamalek in the Egyptian Premier League on Sunday.

The 35-year-old has become the highest profile player to join an Egyptian team in history when Degla, who are owned by ambitious businessman Maged Sami, signed him on a six-month deal last month.

"It's my first time ever in Egypt. I'm really, really excited and I can't wait to play for Wadi Degla," Malouda said in a video that was posted on his new club's official Facebook page.

"What I can promise is to deliver performances and make sure the team will reach high ranks in the table. The club is young and we will try to compete with the best teams in Egypt."

Malouda arrived from Indian Super League side Delhi Dynamos – who are managed by Brazil legend Roberto Carlos.

He will be hoping to help his team, who lie 14th in the 18-team table, cause an upset against Cairo's fancied side Zamalek who opened the season with an easy 2-0 victory over Degla.

During a five-year stint at Chelsea, Malouda helped the Londoners win the English Premier League, Champions League and three FA Cup titles between 2007 and 2013.

Before sealing his move to the Blues, Malouda won four league titles during a four-year spell at Lyon.

He then joined Turkey's Trabzonspor before leaving for French side Metz in 2014, where he spent a year before heading towards India.

Malouda is the third foreign player in Degla’s squad, joining Nigerian forward Stanley Ohawuchi and Junior Mapuku of Congo at the Cairo-based club, who made their top-flight debut in the 2009-10 season.

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