CAIRO: Zamalek have protested against Essam Al-Hadari’s decision to join Harras Hodoud’s training ahead of a proposed move in January.
Al-Hadari joined Hodoud’s training this week after falling out with Zamalek manager Hossam Hassan, who doesn’t seem to be willing to offload his ex-Egypt teammate without a fight.
“He cannot train with a rival team when he fails to attend the training of his own team,” Zamalek football director Ibrahim Hassan, Hossam’s twin brother, told FilGoal.com.
Al-Hadari was involved in a spat with Zamalek goalkeeping coach Emad Al-Mandouh last month; an incident which triggered his rift with the Zamalek management.
He then hit out at the Hassan twins, insisting that he will definitely leave the White Knights in the winter break.
The 37-year-old is currently serving a four-month ban which ends in February 2011.
Meanwhile, Zamalek refuted talks linking them with ENPPI’s young keeper Mahdi Soliman to back up Abdul-Wahed Al-Sayed.
Soliman is ENPPI’s second choice after Egypt’s Olympic Team guardian Mohamed Abou-Gabal.
Zamalek’s goalkeeping problems forced manager Hossam Hassan to include 16-year-old Hassan Ibrahim in the squad for Thursday’s match with Ittihad.