Thursday 29 October 2020
On the last day of the summer transfer market, the management of the Saudi Jeddah Federation headed by Anmar Al-Haeli supported its ranks by contracting with the Egyptian international professional Ahmed Hegazy to restore the defense of “Al-Ameed” in the new season.
The contract with Hijazi, who came from West Bromwich Albion, was on loan, but the “Brigadier” has the right to buy the international defender after the end of the current season after an experience in English stadiums that lasted nearly three years.
But the question here is .. What awaits the 29-year-old with the Jeddah Union? This is what we will review in the following lines:
Post-conflict consolidation deal:
With the start of the current season, Brazilian Bruno Ofini presented a lackluster level with Al-Ittihad, after he participated in the defeat of his team against Al-Ettifaq, with two goals to one in the opening round of the Saudi League (2020-2021).
The Brazilian’s negative start in the new season made Al Ittihad coach Fabio Carelli demanding his club management to support the defense, and this was achieved by contracting with Ahmed Hegazy to be a substitute for Ofeni, who was dispensed with free of charge.
The management of the federation was in a struggle outside the field with the rival, Ahly Jeddah, in order to contract with Hijazi, to be the last one to choose “the general” over “Al-Raqi”, hoping to lead the team towards restoring glory again.
The beginning of Al-Ittihad from the defensive side was not completely after receiving four goals from two rounds only, two goals in the agreement meeting and two goals in the Al-Fateh match, which ended with the result of a positive draw (2-2).
Beginning in Derby:
Saudi press reports, specifically Okaz and Asharq Al-Awsat newspapers revealed that Al-Ittihad coach Fabio Kareli spoke with Hijazi in order to find out the extent to which he could be used in the derby meeting in front of Al-Ahly Jeddah at the summit of the third round of the Saudi League competitions scheduled for next Saturday. At the “Radiant Gem” stadium.
Hijazi, who arrived in the early hours of Thursday morning, sent a message to the fans of Al-Ittihad, who received him at Jeddah airport, saying: “Thank you for your wonderful reception, God willing, we will help you and present everything I have for the happiest fans of the Union.”
The Al-Ahly Jeddah meeting will be important for Al-Ittihad and Ahmed Hegazy, as the yellow and black shirt seeks to achieve its first victory in the season, while Hijazi hopes for a good start on the personal level with Al Ittihad.
Al-Ittihad also hopes to end the series of superiority of Al-Ahly Jeddah at the level of the league, as “Al-Ameed” has not achieved any victory over the opponent in Jeddah Derby since the season (2011-2012) after winning an unanswered goal by Nayef Hazazi in the accounts of round 24.
Despite the continuing failure of Al-Ittihad at the level of the league championship since 2012, the giant of Jeddah excelled in the semi-final match of the Crown Prince Cup after winning a score (3-2) in the semi-finals.
– Reclaim tournaments:
Another goal that Ahmed Hegazy seeks with Al-Ittihad Jeddah is to bring the team back to the coronations again, where the last title of the federation is winning the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cup after beating Al-Faisali with a score of (3-1) in the season (2017-2018).
And the victory of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cup came after the crown prince’s cup was crowned in 2017, which came at the expense of victory with an unanswered goal that came through Mahmoud Abdel Moneim “Kahraba” season (2016-2017).
As for the league, which had previously been crowned by Al-Ittihad on 8 occasions, the Jeddah team did not know the taste of crowning the local title since the 2008-2009 season, when Grand Jeddah won the title at the expense of Al Hilal by five points.
In recent years, Al-Ittihad suffered from administrative confusion, which led to the decline of the team’s performance locally and continually, as it faced the specter of relegation last season after occupying the tenth place with 35 points, three points behind Al-Fayhaa, the fourteenth place, who fell to the Saudi second-division league accompanied by Al-Hazm and Al-Adalah. .