Zamalek signs keeper El-Akabawy, extends Samir stay

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Wednesday 17 Jul 2013

Whites seal second summer signing after landing Ittisalat attacker Mohamed Farid; extend contract of veteran defender Ahmed Samir

Ahmed Samir
Ahmed Samir

Arab Contractors goalkeeper Mohamed El-Akabawy has officially joined Zamalek on a three-year contract, the Whites announced earlier on Wednesday.

"El-Akabawy has officially signed the contract as he joins Zamalek on a free transfer," the club said in a statement on its official website on Monday.

After the departure of on-loan keeper Ahmed El-Shennawy, El-Akabawy is set to play second-fiddle to Abdel-Wahed El-Sayed, who has been Zamalek's regular keeper for more than a decade.

El-Akabawy, the 34-year old guard, is the Whites second summer signing after the recently-landed Ittisalat attacker Mohamed Farid.

"It is a dream that came true and I am ready to prove myself here," El-Akabawy said.

Samir signs new contract

Meanwhile, the club has also announced that right wing-back Ahmed Samir has officially extended his contract for another three years.

The 31-year old defender rejoined Zamalek in 2011, after spending two seasons with Belgian club Lierse. He is considered one of the club's key elements in the last two years.

Under the guidance of new coach Helmi Tolan, Zamalek are chasing their first continental title since 2002.

The Cairo giants are supposed to take on rivals Ahly in the group stage kick-off for the African Champions League next week.

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