Zamalek's outcast Shikabala set to sign for Turkey's Gaziantepspor

Ahram Online, Saturday 25 Jan 2014

Zamalek's want-away forward Mahmoud 'Shikabala' Abdel-Razek is reportedly on the verge of penning a deal with Turkish side Gaziantepspor


Zamalek winger Mahmoud 'Shikabala' Abdel-Razek is close to joining Turkish side Gaziantepspor without his club's consent, Ahram Sports reported on Saturday.

The 27-year-old flew to Turkey on Friday to pen a deal with Gaziantepspor although his contract with Zamalek has not expired yet.

Zamalek's new coach Ahmed Hossam "Mido" said recently he would try to coax Shikabala into staying put but the temperamental winger stood firm on his decision to depart in protest at unpaid salaries.

The Cairo club are reeling from persistent financial problems that saw them lose some key players during the past year, including defensive midfielder Ibrahim Salah and Burkinabe striker Abdoulaye Cisse.

"We are warning Gaziantepspor against signing Shikabala because he is still officially tied to Zamalek," the club's legal adviser Nassr Azzam said.

Shikabala, a product of Zamalek's youth academy, is a fan favourite but is often criticised for failing to live up to his potential due to some off-field antics.

His only spell in Europe was with Greek side PAOK, where he plied his trade from 2005 to 2007.

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