Zamalek mulls replacing Hamdy with Maqassa’s Said

Eslam Omar, Wednesday 11 Jan 2012

Maqassa reportedly open talks with White Castle aimed at replacing forward Hussein Hamdy with stopper Hany Said

Zamale's Elsayed Hamdy (Photo: Bassam El-Zoghbi)

Tarek Yehia, coach of Egypt’s Maqassa club, announced Tuesday that the team was currently in negotiations with Cairo giants Zamalek to replace striker Hussein Hamdy with stopper Hany Said.

“I welcome the return of Hussein Hamdy, who is a really good striker,” Yehia said recently on Egyptian television.

The 26-year-old Hamdy, who moved to the White Castle this season, has boycotted recent training sessions to protest the ongoing non-payment of his salary. Meanwhile, his former club, Maqassa, didn’t receive the LE4 million owed to it in move benefits.

Former Zamalek defender Said, for his part, who is expected to return as Hamdy’s replacement, signed a three-year contract with Maqassa in July with former coach Hossam Hassan. Current manager Hassan Shehata tried to get him back in August, but the loan deal fell through.

The 31-year-old Said was part of Egypt’s winning African Cup of Nations squads in 2008 and 2010 under Shehata.

Popular club Zamalek are currently hoping to boost their squad in hopes of clinching their first Egyptian Premier League title since 2004. They are now fourth in the table with 23 points, five behind leaders Harras El-Hodoud.

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