Egypt’s El-Hadary praises El-Shennawy, threatens to leave El-Merreikh

Mahmoud Mohamed, Sunday 9 Oct 2011

Pharaohs' legend salutes rising star after impressive performance against Niger and claims hasn't received salary for 10 months

Egypt's goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary has expressed admiration for the performance of Olympic team shot stopper Ahmed El-Shennawy during Egypt’s 3-0 victory over Niger in the 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday.

“El-Shennawy will be my successor in the Pharaohs’ squad,” El-Hadary told a TV programme after the match.

“I hope he can continue his brilliant performances. I ask the Masry management to ease the way for him to play in Europe,” he added.

The Pharaohs keeper also hinted he could leave Sudanese side El-Merreikh if they continue to ignore his demands.

“I am considering leaving El-Merreikh as I haven’t received my salary for ten months.”

El-Hadary has endured constant problems since leaving Egyptian champions Ahly in an acrimonious manner in 2008. He has had disputes with Egyptian clubs Ismaily and Zamalek.

However, El-Hadary remains Egypt’s undisputed number one keeper. He is widely regarded as the best keeper in the country’s history.

The former Sion man played a key role in helping Egypt win three consecutive African Cup of Nations titles in 2006, 2008 and 2010.

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