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Ahmed Abd El-Zaher (Arabic: أحمد عبد الظاهر‎ born 15 January 1985) is an Egyptian footballer who currently plays for the Egyptian Premier League side Misr Lel-Makkasa SC. He was also part of the Egypt U-20 National Football team that participated in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship.

Ahmed Abd El-Zaher
Personal information
Full name Ahmed Abd El-Zaher
Date of birth (1985-01-15) January 15, 1985 (age 34)
Place of birth Gharbia, Egypt
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Number 21
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2013 ENPPI 77 (25)
2013–2016 Al-Ahly 32 (8)
2014Al-Ittihad (Tripoli) (loan) 0 (0)
2016ENPPI (loan) 0 (0)
2016– Misr Lel-Makkasa SC
National team
2010– Egypt 10 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 December 2013
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 April 2013


Club careerEdit

Abd El-Zaher had a modest showing during the beginning of the 2009–10 Egyptian Premier League. That completely changed when head coach Stoycho Mladenov took control at ENPPI. Abd El-Zaher saw more regular first team football and repaid his manager faith by scoring 5 league goals by the end of that season.[1] Mladenov then left to Bulgarian CSKA Sofia and Mokhtar Mokhtar then took over the team in the 2011-12 season. Abd El-Zaher finished that season as top scorer of the league tied with Zamalek's Shikabala. They both had 13 goals. Early in 2012, Mladenov made a request to ENPPI to move Abd El-Zaher to his club CSKA Sofia in the 2012 summer transfer window. The move was possible but ENPPI were somewhat reluctant to lose one of their top strikers. In January 2013, he moved to league rivals Al-Ahly on a four-year deal. In November 2013, Abd El-Zaher was deprived of his Champions League win bonus, suspended and put up for sale in the January transfer window for doing a Rabia sign in support of recently deposed President Mohamed Morsi after scoring a goal.[2][3][4][5] On 5 December 2013, the Egyptian Football Association took sanctions a step further, announcing that Abd El-Zaher has been banned from representing Egypt for one year in addition to a 3-month local ban.[6] He moved to Al-Ittihad Club (Tripoli) on loan from Al-Ahly in December 2013 as punishment for the Rabia sign.

International careerEdit

Ahmed Abd El-Zaher was part of the Egypt U-20 National Football team that participated in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship.[7][8] He participated in all of Egypt's three group matches, but did not score any goals.

International goalsEdit

Correct as of 27 November 2012

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 17 November 2010 Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt   Australia
1 – 0
3 – 0
2. 27 November 2012 Al-Gharafa Stadium, Dubai, Qatar   Kenya
5 – 0
5 – 0


  1. ^ "Egyptian League Scorers 2009/2010", Egyptian Retrieved on 25 June 2010.
  2. ^ "Egypt player suspended over Islamist salute - Middle East". Al Jazeera English. Retrieved 2014-08-15.
  3. ^ "Ahly suspend striker for Rabaa salute - Egyptian Football - Sports - Ahram Online". 2013-11-11. Retrieved 2014-08-15.
  4. ^ "Ahly suspend Abdel-Zaher for Rabaa sign, put him up for sale - Egyptian Football - Sports - Ahram Online". Retrieved 2014-08-15.
  5. ^ "Ahly punishment for Rabaa sign player stirs controversy - Egyptian Football - Sports - Ahram Online". Retrieved 2014-08-15.
  6. ^ "Abdel-Zaher banned from international duty for Rabaa gesture - Egyptian Football - Sports - Ahram Online". Retrieved 2014-08-15.
  7. ^ "Egypt U-20 at 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship" FIFA. Retrieved on 25 June 2010.
  8. ^ "Team Rosters", RSSSF. Retrieved on 25 June 2010.

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