As for its rivals, Zamalek, it includes 3 Moroccan players, Hamid Haddad, Ashraf Ben Sharqi and Mohamed Onajem, loaned to Wydad Club, next to Tunisian duo Hamza Mathlouthi and Ferjani Sassi, whose contract expires at the end of the current season.
Moroccans and Tunisians
The professionalism of Tunisian players in Egypt began only 15 years ago, when he signed Zamalek With Yamen Bin Zikri in June 2006, and after him Wissam Al-Abedy.
Al-Ahly also included Anis Boujlban in the next Mercato, but those experiences soon ended, so that the “Carthage Eagles” were absent from the sun. Egyptian League for years.
In the 2016-2017 season, he brought back disabled The Tunisians arrived in Egypt through the Al-Ahly gate, and then a number of his compatriots joined him, until the number of Tunisian players in the Egyptian League reached 17 players in 11 teams this season.
As for professional players Moroccans In the Egyptian League, the late goalkeeper Abdel Qader Al-Barazi started in Ismaily in the 1999-2000 season, then the professionals came with a scarcity in the municipality of Mahalla, Al-Krum, Petrojet and Egypt clearing, until the striker stormed Walid Azzaro Al-Ahly Club, so that the clubs begin the journey of relying on the sons of the Atlas Lions, who number up to 6 players this season.
The abundance of Moroccan and Tunisian players, a new phenomenon in the Egyptian League, sought “Sky News Arabia” to search for its causes, especially as it exploded strongly after the player from the south of the continent had been monopolizing the professional slots for years.
“The professionalism of the Moroccan and Tunisian players in the Egyptian league contributes to raising the technical and physical level, and opens the doors to European professionalism,” this is how the Moroccan player’s agent, Obi Karim, began his statements about the phenomenon of professionalism in the Egyptian League.
Obih added to “Sky News Arabia”: “As a players’ agent, I confirm that the Egyptian League is one of the best leagues, as it contributes to marketing the player well and increases the value of his shares.”
As for the sports critic and journalist writer Mohamed El Deek, he saw that the Egyptian Football Association’s decision to consider North African players local was one of the most important reasons, and “opened the way to contract with this number of players,” in addition to “the weak financial return compared to African names, in a way It does not exhaust the coffers of the Egyptian clubs.”
Al-Deek stated to “Sky News Arabia”: “A club in the middle of the table can sign a distinguished player in Tunisian League For a reasonable fee, other than the lack of scouts in the heart of the brown continent as it was before, in addition to the distinguished African player always looking for a European or Asian professional offer.
He added, “The arrival of North African clubs to the continental finals during the last period has increased the chances of players’ agents and brokers following up on them, and convincing the Egyptian coaches of the need to contract with the ready player in light of the pressure of the matches. Language and weather convergence between Egypt Tunisia and the West “.
Al-Deek noted his belief that the presence of Tunisian and Moroccan players in the Egyptian league benefited them a lot, although they did not form a strong benefit for the tournament, saying: “The benefit to the Tunisian and Moroccan players is great, as evidenced by the fact that many of them joined the national teams after appearing at a good level in the Egyptian League.”
He added, “But at the level of influence in the form of competition, the presence of the North African professional is not sufficiently tangible on the ground, in addition to the fact that the local player does not benefit from it, unlike the African or European professional who contributes to the development of thought and performance. Egyptian player اللاعب“.
On the other hand, Karim stressed that “the beginning of the benefit is for the club whose treasury is financially reviving, while the greatest benefit is for the player who moves to a league that helps him develop his level and enjoys scouts’ follow-up.” Europe Which gives him the opportunity to professionally there.”
He continues: “Since Al-Barazi has played in Ismaily, I am impressed with the Egyptian League and its capabilities. It helps the player to be creative and provide a better level.”