Syrian striker Omar Kharbin joins Pyramids FC on loan

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Monday 21 Jan 2019


Pyramids FC continued their spending spree on Monday, announcing the signing of Syrian striker Omar Kharbin on a six-month loan deal from Saudi side Al-Hilal.

“The sixth deal of the winter transfer market. Syrian striker Omar Kharbin,” reads a short statement on Pyramids FC’s official twitter account.

Earlier in September, the Egyptian club announced it had reached an agreement to sign the 25-year-old on loan with an option to make the deal a permanent one next summer.

"Kharbin, the Asian Player of the Year of 2017 and the top scorer of Al-Hilal and the Syrian national team, officially signed a six-month loan contract with Pyramids FC starting from January with an option to make the deal a permanent one by the end of the season," the club said on 15 September.

Pyramids, formerly known as Assiouty Sport, made some record signings last the summer after being taken over by Saudi investor Turki Al-Sheikh, who is the former head of Saudi Arabia's General Sports Authority (GSA).

The high-spending club have been active this winter, having signed former Ahly player Abdallah El-Said, Ecuador's international striker Jhon Cifuente, Tunisia's Etoile du Sahel’s striker Amr Marei, who is Egyptian, Maqassa’s Burkinabe winger Eric Traore and Palestinian forward Hamed Hemdan.

Kharbin joined Saudi giants Al-Hilal in January 2017 on a six-month loan deal from the UAE's Al-Dhafra, before joining the Saudi team on a permanent basis later in the summer.

He won the 2017 Asian Player of the Year award despite stiff competition with the UAE's star Omar Abdulrahman. He was also the top scorer of the Asian Champions League of the same year with 10 goals.

He hasn’t scored a single goal in four appearances in the Saudi league so far this season, but he scored seven times in 16 league appearances with Al-Hilal last season.

Kharbin, who made his international debut in 2012, was a key element in Syria's campaign at the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, scoring 10 goals in 17 appearances.

Pyramids are currently second of the Egyptian Premier League table with 38 points from 19 matches, three points behind leaders Zamalek.

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