Egyptian Premier League side Pyramids FC have confirmed the signing of Ahmed Fathi, who joins the Cairo outfit on a free transfer after opting not to renew his contract with Al Ahly.
Fathi made the move to Pyramids after after talks of a contract renewal fell through with the Cairo giants Al Ahly and also due to lack of game time.
“Pyramids announces the signing of Egypt national team captain Ahmed Fathi on a free transfer,” a club statement read.
— Pyramids FC (@pyramidsfc) April 11, 2020
The Egypt captain will depart at the end of the 2019/20 season after sending more than 12 years with ‘The Red Devils’ in different spells making 338 appearances with 24 goals and 61 assists to his name in all competitions.
“Some people think that I refused to renew my contract due to financial reasons, but this is not true,” Fathi told Emarat Al Youm newspaper.
“The real reason for not renewing the contract is my desire to be constantly playing, which is not guaranteed at Al Ahly. I met with the technical staff more than once and Rene Weiler told me that I am not able to play 90 minutes anymore, which made me think about leaving.
Al Ahly wishes success to Ahmed Fathi,” the record eight-time African champions said.
After more than 12 years of achievements at the club, I think this is the best time to look for a new challenge in my professional career and pass the torch to the younger generation,” said Fathi, who has led the Cairo giants to clinching multiple trophies, including ten Egyptian Premier League titles and three CAF Champions League titles.
“This is life and its one of the hardest decisions I have taken in my 20-year long career as a professional football player.”
The veteran defender with over 130 caps for Egypt says he plans to play for another three years.
“I’m aiming to play for another three years to be able to participate in the 2022 World Cup, in case we qualify,” he said.
By FARPost Reporter