World Class Player
Teams: Ahly (of Cairo) and Egypt
You must understand that you are dealing with the sleaziest club I personally have ever come to know. Just to give you an idea of how things are managed in that club, the President and Vice-President attack and insult each other on national television when they are interviewed in almost any sports show.
Whats happened, and I believe PAOK's version of the story no matter how Zamalek officials make excuses, is that Zamalek was too cheap to give Shikabala a professional contract with some REAL money. PAOK realised that Shikabala has no contract (confirmed by the EFA), and ended up signing him.
The delay is caused because of two issues:
1. Zamalek CLAIMS to have a contract which was not registered at the EFA. They said they will present it so that Shikabala can come back and play for Zamalek. I personally don't believe this garbage.
2. The EFA is VERY cautious when dealing with Zamalek's whiners. The president of the EFA is an ex-Ahly football team captain. Zamalek blame him for anything and everything, they consider him their number 1 enemy and they truely believe he is responsible for the current 22 league point difference between Ahly and Zamalek. In addition, Ahly earlier in the season signed a Zamalek player (he played for Zamalek 1 game only actually) due to a clause in the contract which was very poorly written by the Zamalek lawyers, which started one of the biggest arguments in Egyptian soccer in the past few years. The EFA judged that Ahly have done nothing wrong and deserve to sign the player, and again, Zamalek blamed the EFA (while the Zamalek vice-president, who is actually a very established lawyer - although a nasty one - claimed that Ahly's position is 100% legal and he blamed the Zamalek president for this mistake).
So, the EFA will be very very cautious before they send Shikabala's papers to PAOK for the above reasons. Don't expect it to be an easy way out.
But don't get the wrong idea, I find this club, despite being the second best in Egypt (in terms of results) to be a very bad example of Egyptian soccer.
Last edited by Sabry; January 24th, 2005 at 02:14.