Official: Egypt striker Zidan joins UAE's Bani Yas

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Tuesday 31 Jul 2012

Egyptian forward Zidan joins Bani Yas Monday after refusing to extend his loan deal with Bundisliga outfit Mainz

Mohamed Zidan

United Arab Emirates outfit Bani Yas have completed the signing of Egyptian striker Mohamed Zidan on a two-year deal Monday, French news agency (AFP) revealed.

Bani Yas, ended 9th in the Emirates' Professionals League table last season, didn't disclose the financial details of the deal of the Pharaohs star who was free to sign for any other club as his contract with Dortmund expired last June.

The 30-year-old attacker left Bundesliga champions Dortmund in the January transfer window in search of more regular first-team football than he found when he joined Mainz on loan.

Mainz turned down the option of extending Zidan's contract until 2014 offering only to keep his services for another year, a deal the Egyptian showed little appetite for.

Zidan has been one of Egypt’s key players since making his international debut in a Nations Cup qualifier in 2007.

He played a pivotal role in helping the Pharaohs win the biennial tournament in 2008 and 2010 and was also part of the team’s squad for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa, where he scored a famous goal against five-time world champions Brazil.

However, Zidan fell out favor with the management o the Egyptian national team after he opted to pursue a search for a new team and skipped preparations for the African Championship.

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