Egypt's Mohamed Zidan plans to return to action in January

Ahram Online, Tuesday 14 Oct 2014

Mohamed Zidan
Mohamed Zidan working to improve his fitness with Borussia Dortmund (Photo: the player's Facebook page)

Former Egypt forward Mohamed Zidan said he plans to return to action in January after a lengthy absence from football.

The 32-year-old has been out of job since terminating his contract with United Arab Emirates side Bani Yas in early 2013, having fallen out with the club.

Zidan, who described his move to Bani Yas as the biggest mistake of his career, has been recently training with former club Borussia Dortmund in a bid to regain fitness.

"I'm now in a very good stage of my recovering program and I promise to be back stronger than ever next January, God willing," Zidan said on his official Facebook page. "Never say never."

Zidan, who spent 11 years plying his trade in Europe, did not clarify whether he had settled on a certain club to join during the January transfer window.

He has not played for Egypt's national team since falling out with then coach Bob Bradley after skipping an African Cup of Nations qualifier against Central Africa in 2012.

However, Zidan - who was instrumental in helping Egypt win two successive African Nations Cup titles in 2008 and 2010 - is understood to be eyeing a return to the Egypt fold under coach Shawky Gharib, who coached him as an assistant manager to Hassan Shehata during a glorious reign.

It remains to be seen whether Zidan, who spent nearly a decade in the Bundesliga with the likes of Dortmund, Werder Bremen and Mainz, will be able to find a new club, with reports suggesting that he is not willing to play in Egypt.

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