Hossam Hassan rejoins Zamalek

السبت، 05 أغسطس 2006 - 17:57

كتب : Ahmad Saied

Hassan in white

Hossam Hassan put an end to speculations over his future and signed a one-year contract with Zamalek for an undisclosed fee, the Egypt captain said on Saturday.

The 40-year-old striker told FilGoal.com that he delayed his move to Tersana because he had talks with Zamalek suspended chairman Mortada Mansour, who is set to take charge of the club on Sunday.

Mansour confirmed the news and pledged to register Hassan in Zamalek's squad for next season once he restores office.

Hassan may face a tough situation if Mansour failed to confirm the contract before Thursday when the summer transfer window closes in Egypt.

But the former Neuchatel and Paok star is confident of rejoining Zamalek and helping the Cairo club to end their title-drought continuing for three years now.

"Despite Zamalek's current poor form, the team remain one of the powerhouses of the Egyptian League," he said.

"We have very good players who just lack confidence and winning spirit. Once they get this back, we will compete for titles again."

Egyptian Legend

Hassan and his twin Ibrahim joined Zamalek from arch-rivals Ahli from 2000 to 2004 and he scored 54 goals in 107 matches in all competitions.

He helped the team win three Egyptian League titles, the Egyptian Cup, the African Champions League and the African Super Cup.

Since his departure to Masri, Zamalek failed to win any domestic, Arab or African title and they hope that trophies can find their way back to the club alongside with Hassan.

Hassan is Egypt's most capped player of all-time. He steered the national side to the African Cup of Nations earlier in 2006 and was also a member of the squad that won the title back in 1986.

He is also the second best scorer in the Egyptian League history, finding the net 162 goals with Ahli, Zamalek and Masri, only eight goals behind Hassan Al-Shazly, an Egyptian icon in the 60s.

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