Much-traveled Egypt international striker AHMED HOSSAM HUSSEIN ABDELHAMID, known throughout the football world as MIDO, started this 2010-11 season in Holland with Ajax Amsterdam after a free transfer from English Football League Championship (second division) side FC Middlesborough but was unable to secure a first team place with de Godenzonen and is seeking a return to glory with his first club back home in North Arfica. (afrikansoccer.com)
According to the domestic outlet FILGOAL, legendary Cario-based club Sporting Club Zamalek — the first-ever winners of the Egyptian Cup in 1922 — has no money in the coffers to afford out-of-contract star Egypt international striker MIDO, who recently asked for the remainder of his contract with Dutch Eredivisie club Ajax Amsterdam to be annulled.
In a statement released by SC Zamalek sports director IBRAHIM HASSAN, the White Knights were counting on financing from the club’s former President MAMDOUH ABBAS to pay the wages of the 27-year-old star striker, who has earned 51 caps and scored 20 goals for Egypt in his career.
“Abbas was to pay for the first six months of Mido’s contract. But instead we were surprised to receive a letter from him telling us that we should deduct the payment from what the club owes him. Now we are in a rough position because we cannot afford it,” Hassan stated.
Egypt international striker MIDO of Ajax Amsterdam shoots past NEC Nijmegen goalkeeper JASPER CILLESSEN (22) to score his one of his two Eredivisie goals of this 2010-11 season during the early December 1-1 draw at the Amsterdam Arena in the Netherlands. (Olaf Kraak/AFP/Getty Images)
Ajax Amsterdam had hopes that Mido, who scored 21 goals on 40 appearances in the Dutch top flight before being sold to French Ligue 1 outfit Olympique Marseille for 12.0 million Euros in July of 2003, could rediscover past form upon his return to de Godenzonen.
Doubts, however, hung over Mido about weight and a lack of match fitness while in Amsterdam. The journeyman striker was unable to secure first team football under either since-departed manager MARTIN JOL or his successor, FRANK DE BOER, and made just one start with four substitute appearances in the Eredivisie. In the end, the Egyptian could not displace Uruguay World Cup striker LUIS SUAREZ nor Morocco international attacker MOUNIR EL HAMDAOUI.
Overall in all competitions, Mido managed three goals, including a pair in the Eredivisie, in six games for Ajax Amsterdam before requesting a release from his contract at the New Year.
Aside from his two stints in Holland, the still-relatively youthful Egypt international striker has played with four clubs in England as well as one each in Belgium, France, Italy and Spain.
Mido did spend the bulk of the 2009-10 campaign out on loan from FC Middlesborough to SC Zamalek, but had a disappointing season highlighted by a missed penalty kick on his debut in the Egyptian Premier League and just one goal from 15 games thereafter.
Egypt international striker MIDO (center) was signed by FC Middlesborough from Tottenham Hotspur for a transfer fee of 6.0 million English pounds in August of 2007 but never did recreate the form that produced 11 goals in 27 Premier League games back during the 2005-06 campaign. (www.football.co.uk)
career league record
2000-01 — 21 games – 11 goals — KAA Gent – (BEL)
2001-02 — 24 games – 12 goals — Ajax Amsterdam – (HOL)
2002-03 — 16 games —- 9 goals — Ajax Amsterdam – (HOL)
2002-03 —- 8 games —- 4 goals — RC Celta Vigo – (SPA)
2003-04 — 22 games — 7 goals — Olympique Marseille – (FRA)
2004-05 —- 8 games —- 0 goals — AS Roma – (ITA)
2004-05 —- 9 games —- 2 goals — Tottenham Hotspur – (ENG)
2005-06 — 27 games – 11 goals — Tottenham Hotspur – (ENG)
2006-07 — 12 games —- 1 goals — Tottenham Hotspur – (ENG)
2007-08 — 12 games —- 2 goals — FC Middlesborough – (ENG)
2008-09 — 13 games —- 4 goals — FC Middlesborough – (ENG)
2008-09 — 12 games —- 2 goals — Wigan Athletic – (ENG)
2009-10 — 15 games —- 1 goals — SC Zamalek – (EGY)
2009-10 —- 9 games —- 0 goals — West Ham United – (ENG)
2010-11 —– 4 games —- 2 goals — FC Middlesborough – (ENG.2)
2010-11 —– 5 games —- 2 goals — Ajax Amsterdam – (HOL)