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CAIRO: Zamalek keeper Abdul-Wahed Al-Sayed hopes to complete a loan move to Masri to retain his place in Egypt’s squad. The 33-year-old lost his regular Zamalek place, which he occupied for nearly a decade, following the close-season arrival of Egypt’s veteran keeper Essam Al-Hadari. Abdul-Wahed is the Pharaohs’ second-choice goalie behind Al-Hadari but he is …


CAIRO: Zamalek keeper Abdul-Wahed Al-Sayed hopes to complete a loan move to Masri to retain his place in Egypt’s squad.

The 33-year-old lost his regular Zamalek place, which he occupied for nearly a decade, following the close-season arrival of Egypt’s veteran keeper Essam Al-Hadari.

Abdul-Wahed is the Pharaohs’ second-choice goalie behind Al-Hadari but he is worried that his lack of regular football at the club level could cost him that position.

"There is no player in the world who does not suffer disappointment when he is not playing," the Zamalek skipper told FilGoal.com on Wednesday.

"It is only natural that I become sad because I’m not playing. I love Zamalek but I want to play on a regular basis to keep my place in Egypt’s squad."

Egypt coach Hassan Shehata said more than once that he would not call up any bench-warmer.

Abdul-Wahed revealed last week that Port said-based club Masri were interested in signing him on a six-month loan deal when the transfer window re-opens in January.

"I never wanted to leave Zamalek permanently, I just want to join Masri on loan. I want to end my career at Zamalek," he added.

"But even if the club reject Masri’s proposal, I will remain committed to them and will see out my contract."

Abdul-Wahed, who came through the youth ranks of Zamalek, was the team’s undisputed number one but the sudden arrival of Al-Hadari looked to have undermined his role.

Both keepers were involved in a heated exchange when Al-Sayed started Zamalek’s first Egyptian Premier League this season.

Al-Hadari played the following three games to prompt Al-Sayed, whose contract runs out in the summer of 2012, to consider a move to Masri.

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