Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Zamalek want Utaka in Egypt

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Utaka has a great fan base in Egypt.

The January transfer window is sure to throw up some surprises as Egyptian giants Zamalek are believed to be interested in dragging Super Eagles pacy winger, John Utaka, to the North Africa country once more.

According to Egyptian website, zamalkawyana.com, agents of the 31-year old Nigerian international are in talks with Zamalek with the hope of penning a deal for the former Arab Contractors and Ismaily maestro.

It is unclear if Utaka will be open to a move to the troubled Egyptian League which is set to resume next month after months of break owing to violence that greeted the match between two rival clubs Al Nasry and Al Ahly last year.

Utaka, currently plying his trade in the French Ligue 1 side, with Montpellier, has played for several clubs across three continents, first for Arab Contractors and subsequently Ismaily of Egypt, then spending a season playing for Al-Sadd of Qatar, before joining Racing Lens and later Rennes in France before making a move to England to play for Portsmouth.

During his career, he has mainly been utilised as a pacy winger making a very effective element in a team’s counterattacking play.

Utaka will no longer be a stranger in Egypt. While with Ismaily, Utaka earned cult status with the local fans. They used to chant “Oh Oh Oh Utaka, Oh Oh Oh Utaka” during the matches.

He played alongside the likes of Mohammed Barakat, Islam El-Shater, and Captain Mohamed Salah Abo Greisha under the guidance of Mohsen Saleh, later appointed coach of Egypt.

Currently, only a move by Rabiu Ibrahim from Celtic to Kilmarnock is the high profile transfer so far completed by a Nigerian.

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