Egyptian goalkeeping legend Essam El-Hadary wants to play in Saudi Arabia

Egyptian goalkeeping legend Essam El-Hadary wants to play in Saudi Arabia
Essam El Hadary

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Jun 16, 2017. 17:00

Egyptian goalkeeping legend Essam El-Hadary has expressed his interest in a Jameel League move after the Saudi Football Federation decided on a new policy regarding goalkeepers.

It is reported that the SFF has decided to allow clubs to buy foreign goalkeepers as part of the non-domestic four players list.

In the wake of that decision, El-Hadary has since expressed his approval of this decision, saying this step will not harm the Saudi National Team nor the Saudi League.

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Speaking to MBC Pro Sports, the 44-year-old believes the decision will help goalkeepers to develop.

“All European leagues allow clubs to buy foreign goalkeepers. This is a perfect opportunity for goalkeepers to gain experience and develop,” said El-Hadary to MBC Pro Sports.

“After this decision, I’m open to consider any offer from the Saudi league. If the suitable offer arrives, why not hang my gloves in Saudi Arabia?.”

The veteran keeper could add to four Egyptian internationals who plied trades in Saudi Arabia last season such as Sherif Hazem, Ahmed Magdy, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy and Mahmoud Abdel Moneim ‘Kahraba’.

The former Zamalek goalkeeper has 153 international caps for the Pharaohs and was part of the squad at the 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.



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