Ittihad manage amicable divorce for Merriekh and El-Hadary

Eslam Omar, Sunday 29 Jan 2012

Egyptian international goalkeeper Essam El-Hadry is set to end his troubled time at the Sudanese club

Egypt keeper Essam El-Hadary (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt's Ittihad of Alexandria have reached an agreement with Sudanese side Merriekh to sign goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary.

As past of the deal Ittihad will pay El-Hadary’s $750,000 fine imposed by Merriekh for boycotting training.

The coastal club had earlier agreed with the 39-year-old keeper a two-and-a-half-year contract worth LE5 million.

Merriekh previously filed a complaint to FIFA after the former Ismaily and Zamalek player refused to attend training.

The Pharaohs’ long-standing keeper played an instrumental role in helping Egypt win three successive African titles but has been dogged by a string of problems since leaving Egyptian champions Ahly for Swiss side Sion in 2008. The move was not authorised by his Cairo employers whose subsequent complaint saw a tranfer embargo imposed on Sion.   

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