Mohamed Abou-Gabal’s (Gabaski) move to Al Ahly fell through after the Reds decided to cancel the deal in the final moments.
Al Ahly are desperately keen on signing a new keeper after Mohamed El-Shenawy dislocated his shoulder during Egypt’s AFCON clash with Cape Verde and is set to miss the rest of the season.
Al Ahly’s first target was said to be Mohamed Bassam, but Ceramica Cleopatra refused to let go of their first-choice keeper midway through the season.
This led Al Ahly to shift their focus to Bank Al Ahly’s Mohamed Abou-Gabal, who is Mohamed El-Shennawy’s backup at the Egyptian national team, and the deal seemed set to be completed.
Bank Al Ahly’s chairman Ashraf Nassar went to announce the deal in the media and the club even signed his replacement in Mahmoud El-Zanfaly from El-Dakhelya.
However, unexpectedly Al Ahly opted to stop the negotiations, just a few hours before the meeting to sign the contracts, which led El-Zanfaly to return back to El-Dakhelya.
The reason behind Al Ahly’s decision is unclear, but it has been said that they will try again with Ceramica Cleopatra for Mohamed Bassam before the window closes.
Former keeper Ali Lotfi, who departed Al Ahly for ZED FC last summer, is also a candidate, having spent five years with the Reds as well as working with current manager Marcel Koller.