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Phakaaathi Reporter
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23 Aug 2017
2:59 pm

Hunt pins hope on Egyptian striker

Phakaaathi Reporter

Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt coach is confident Amr Gamal will fit perfectly in his squad.

Bidvest Wits CEO, Jose Ferreira, Gavin Hunt and Former Al-Ahly player Amr Gamal during the Bidvest Wits press conference at the Wits Sports Conference Centre on August 22, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Gamal joined Wits on loan from Egyptian giants Al Ahly and was unveiled at a media conference on Tuesday afternoon.

Hunt says he was impressed by the player when he saw him playing in the Caf Champions League back in March.

“This is what I mean when I say the [CAF] Champions League helps us, I saw him play against us twice and I just took a shot in the dark with my CEO and asked, ‘can we do something [to sign the player]?” revealed Hunt. “We obviously met and spoke, and got the ball rolling from there.”

“He’s a player that I think can help us, I think he’s an old-fashioned number-nine – I like those types of players,” he added.

“I think he can create goals and score goals, he’s at a good age as well. He’s had a very good upbringing in terms of his development from a club like Al Ahly – he’s been there since he was a young boy.

“Obviously I watched the two games [Wits vs Al Ahly] live and I watched a lot of footage of him to try and lead us towards making the right decision.

“To be fair, to Jose and the club [Wits], they’ve been very good and supportive, and I just hope it works out, and I’m sure it will.”