CAIRO: Zamalek are planning to add forward Mahmoud Abdul-Razeq Shikabala to their Arab and African squads, a club official said.
The Egyptian giants have voiced their intention to contact the Arab Union Football Association (UAFA) and Confederation of African Football (CAF) regarding the status of Shikabala, who has been involved in a tug-of-war between Zamalek and PAOK Salonika for almost a year now.
Zamalek team administrator Walid Badr, believes the club has a case.
“Zamalek were not able to register Shikabala in their CAF and Arab Champions League squads earlier because of the legal battle with PAOK, Badr explained to FilGoal.com.
“This gives us ground to ask that the player be given an exception and allowed to feature for the club in both competitions.
FIFA has recently granted Zamalek permission to play Shikabala on temporary basis till his problem is resolved.
Zamalek will need the services of the 21-year-old forward before the 18th of March when they meet Al-Hilal of Sudan in the return leg of the CAF Champions League round of 32.
Zamalek suffered a disappointing 2-0 first leg defeat in Khartoum.
Zamalek have one match remaining in the Arab Champions League Group A against Saudi club Ahli Jeddah on March 13th, but the two clubs have already qualified to the semis.