Joining Wits was a huge mistake, says Egyptian forward


Egyptian forward Amr Gamal, who spent eight months at former PSL side Bidvest Wits, has singled out the move as a huge mistake.

Gamal, the first Egyptian to ply their trade on the domestic scene, joined Wits on loan on 12 August 2017 from Al Ahly and made 19 appearances, scoring on five occasions and providing one assist.

Despite helping ‘The Students’ lift the Telkom Knockout trophy and subsequently being named Player of the Tournament, Gamal struggled for game time and left on 22 March 2018 to join Finnish side HJK Helsinki on a six-month loan.

“I admit that when I found Walid Azarou being a fixed starter at Al Ahly I told myself that I have to leave on loan but choosing Bidvest Wits was a mistake by myself,” Gamal told ON Sport FM.

“I thought I was helping myself this way. I could have chosen an Egyptian Premier League club instead of Bidvest and it would have helped me regain my form.”

However, the 29-year-old forward believes he can still make up for lost time. “I still have seven years in my legs. I have appeared in good shape this season and I am challenging myself,” he added.

The Pharaohs international has re-discovered his old form this season, scoring six goals and delivering three assists in 16 games and has been linked with moves abroad once again. He joined Tala’a El-Gaish in the summer transfer window of 2019 and is spending his second season at the club this term on loan from Al Ahly.

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By Mthokozisi Dube

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