An Arab footballer joins a Nigerian club.
The newly signed Egyptian goalkeeper of Dolphins FC of Port Harcourt, Awgad Magd, has said that the crisis in the middle east made him come to Nigeria to play football.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Media Officer of Dolphins, China Acheru, in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.
Magd holds dual nationality, Egyptian and Syrian.
Mr. Acheru said in the statement that the player said he played in Syria until the war started and had no option than to make a fresh start.
“When the war started in Syria, I knew I had to leave.
“But I couldn’t return to the league in Egypt because the crisis there had caused it to be suspended; so, I had to call my manager to ask for options.
“My manager told me about Dolphins and Nigeria and said it was okay and I decided to come because Dolphins are a very big name in Egypt.
Magd said he knows of Dolphins keepers Sunday Rotimi, Austin Brown and Akombo Terhimon, and that it would be wonderful working with them.
“Rotimi and Brown are big names. I heard about them even before I came here and I learn from them every day, just like I am sure they learn from me.
“We all train hard together and I know it is for the good of the team eventually not any individual.
“I also listen to the coaches so I can learn. Dolphins have big coaches who have big experience and I am here to learn,” he said.
Awgad Magd started his career in the U-15 team of Zamalek of Egypt where he played for five years before moving to Syria. He also had stints in Bulgaria and Dubai before coming to Nigeria.