Number of foreigners allowed in Egyptian league to remain unchanged for 2020/21

Ahram Online , Wednesday 7 Oct 2020

Junior Ajayi
File photo of Ahly's Nigerian forward Junior Ajayi (Reuters)

Each team will be able to register up to four foreign players in their squad for the 2020/21 season but that number will be trimmed the following season, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) announced on Wednesday.

The EFA has kept the number unchanged for the new season, with each team also allowed to register an additional fifth player providing that he is Palestinian, Syrian, Tunisian, Moroccan, Algerian or Libyan.

The EFA said fewer foreigners will be allowed to join league clubs in the following season, although it did not specify any number.

Teams are still prohibited from signing any foreign goalkeepers, the EFA wrote in its regulations for the 2020/21 season.

A significant change from the past seasons is that coaches who unilaterally terminate their deals with the clubs they manage will not be permitted to take charge of another team in the same season.

A coach who is sacked will be allowed to take charge of one more team during the course of the season, the EFA added.

Teams will be allowed to loan out up to five players every season, a decision that is likely to affect Cairo duo Ahly and Zamalek, who usually prefer to send most of their fringe players out on loan so they can gain first-team experience.

The EFA also set dates for the summer transfer window, which will run from 10 October to 4 November, a few months later than usual after the league was suspended for five months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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