Friday 30 October 2020
Books – Hadi Al-Madani:
Ahmed Hegazy, the Egyptian national team player, recently loaned from West Bromwich Albion, told the Saudi Jeddah Federation, that the offer was surprising and late in the transfer season, explaining that Mahmoud Abdel Moneim “Kahraba” encouraged him to take this step.
Hijazi said in his statements to the Saudi “SBC” channel, today, Thursday: “Happy to be received and welcomed by Saudi Arabia. The atmosphere in the Arab world is more enthusiastic, and I hope it will be a good experience for all parties.”
And he talked about the progress of the negotiations before the completion of the deal, saying: “The negotiations began late in the transfer period in Saudi Arabia and were surprising, and the Al Ittihad club made a great way of negotiations with West Bromwich Albion, and after an agreement was reached between the two clubs, things became very close.”
He continued: “I thank the Board of Directors of the Jeddah Federation for the great adherence to me, and I hope that we can restore the Union Club to its natural place, especially since people when they spoke confirmed that they have a project to build a strong team, and this is a positive thing for me.”
And he reviewed his view of the future of the Jeddah Federation after its stumbling in the last two seasons: “Part of the negotiations was related to the goals of the union, and the new elements joining it in order to form a strong team to restore the union to its natural place.”
He added, “Every Arab and Egyptian player knows the strength of the Saudi League, and they know how competitive the tournament is and the public passion of all clubs.”
Hijazi confirmed that his compatriot Kahraba, who played for Jeddah Federation two seasons on loan earlier, encouraged him to take this step.
He concluded by saying: “Kahraba, a close friend of mine, spoke to me on the virtue of friendship, and said his opinion about the union and the experience, and we know that the federation is a very big club in Saudi Arabia and the Arab world, but Kahraba reminded me of his experience and to what degree he was welcomed and wished me success in my steps.”