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'We would welcome Bahaa Magdy back, we didn't request Ahly's Moamen Zakaria,' says Ismaily football director

Mahmoud Sheleib, Wednesday 7 Aug 2019
Zamalek's Bahaa Magdy (Al-Ahram)

Ismaily football director Sabry El-Meniawy revealed on Wednesday that his team is looking to accept Zamalek's full back Bahaa Magdy as a loan during the current transfer market.

"We are welcoming Magdy to our squad, but we don't know whether or not he's staying with Zamalek or leaving," El-Meniawy told local TV channel Time Sports.

The 30-year-old former Ismaily fullback is rumoured to be signed off to his former team on a loan contract due to Zamalek already having the talented primary fullback Abdallah Gomaa and to the recent signing of fullback Mohamed Abdel-Shafy from Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ahli.

Abdel-Shafy was one of the top performing left fullbacks in Egypt during his time with Zamalek and was the primary national team’s fullback at the time.

"All the rumours about us signing Moamen Zakaria are not true, " El-Meniawy revealed.

Ismaily were rumoured to be after signing Ahly's forward Moamen Zakaria, seeing that the player was not included in Ahly's squad list for the Confederation of African Football African Champions League, nor is he expected to be in the Red Castle's plan for the new season.

"Our signing negotiations for reinforcing the squad are still underway. Our main target is to perform better than the last season," he added.

Ismaily need to strengthen their squad especially after selling three of their top players; the center back Mahmoud Metwaly to Ahly, and the trickster winger Karim Bambo and Mohamed Awad to Zamalek. And it should be noted that Awad is one of the finest goalies in Egypt.

The coastal club finished 7th in the Egyptian Premier League's standings table, and bid farewell to the African Champions League from the group stage.

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