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Morrocan footballer refuses to return to Egypt

Moroccan striker, Omar Najdi, refuses to return to Egypt. Suspected for other reasons other than simply to remain with his family during protests, which football director denies

Mahmoud Mohamed, Thursday 24 Feb 2011
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Makassa Moroccan striker, Omar Najdi, who is currently in his homeland refused to return to Egypt purportedly due to ongoing demonstrations in Morocco.

The Moroccan forward asked the management of his team, Makassa, to stay in his hometown with his family during the current protests in his country; otherwise he will terminate his contract with the team and pay the buyout-clause, according to Al-Ahram Arabic portal.

Omar Najdi left Egypt when the league stopped playing after the large-scale demonstrations erupted in Egypt on 25 January. The protests ended following former president Hosni Mubarak's resignation, but security concerns still hinder the resumption of the league.

Makassa football director, Walid Hwaidi, rubbished reports that the player, in fact, had demanded to leave the team, confirming that the current demonstration in Morocco is the main reason for the forward’s absence.

The 24 year-old striker joined Makassa for two-and-a half years from his team, Raja Athletic, in a January Morocco’s transfer window for almost $2m.

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