El-Hadary resolves dispute with Sudan’s Merreikh

Hatem Maher, Saturday 17 Sep 2011

Egyptian keeper Essam El-Hadary reports back to Merreikh training, returning from an unauthorised absence he took out of anger with the Sudanese team

Essam El-Hadary

Essam El-Hadary, who made no secret of his desire to leave Merreikh, has resolved his latest dispute with the Sudanese giants.

The veteran goalkeeper infuriated Merreikh after going AWOL, apparently angry at the club’s refusal to sell him to English second-division side Hull City, who tried him out last month.

Merreikh threatened to lodge a complaint with world-governing body FIFA but backtracked after El-Hadary returned to Sudan.

“I consider Sudan as my home. I’m determined to help Merreikh win the domestic double this season,” the 38-year-old told Sudanese paper Al-Sadda upon his arrival.

Merreikh assistant coach Farouk Gabra welcomed El-Hadary's return, who joined the team in January after ending a brief and unsuccessful stint with Cairo giants, Zamalek.

“We need all our stars. Our two keepers are unavailable, so El-Hadary’s presence is very important,” he said.

El-Hadary, who has endured numerous problems since leaving Egyptian champions Ahly in an acrimonious manner in 2008, sought to join Hull this summer but Merreikh reportedly refused their offer.

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