Thursday Jul 16, 2020. 13:00
Egyptian legend Tamer Abdelhamid says former Al Ahly superstar Mohamed Aboutrika was supposed to join Zamalek in 2003.
Aboutrika, who is considered by many as the greatest Egyptian footballer of all-time, spent 10 years with Zamalek’s fierce rivals, Al Ahly between 2004 and 2014.
Prior to his move to Al Ahly, the retired attacking midfielder was on the books of Tersana and former Zamalek defensive midfielder Abdelhamid urged Aboutrika to join him at the White Knights.
“I believed that he fit perfectly at Zamalek and I wanted him to join us,” Abdelhamid said on King Fut.
“When we were together in the Egyptian national team to participate in the 2003 Military World Cup in Italy I talked to him about joining Zamalek.
“I offered him to sign for us and he was open to sign for Zamalek.
“I contacted Al-Mandouh Al-Husseiny, the club’s board member, to continue negotiations with Aboutrika and he was supposed to sign for Zamalek when we came back to Egypt,” he added.
“But a while after we returned I was surprised to hear that Aboutrika had signed for Al Ahly.”
Aboutrika won the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) title twice with the Egyptian national team in 2006 and 2008.
He helped Al Ahly win the bronze medal in the 2006 FIFA Club World Cup and also lifted five CAF Champions League titles with the Egyptian giants.