Sadomba's Ahly deal off


Nigel Matongorere

ZIMBABWE international Edward Sadomba’s intended move to Egyptian giants Al Ahly has collapsed after the two parties failed to agree on personal terms for the transfer.

Sadomba’s contract with his Sudanese club Al Hilal Omdurman had come to an end and the forward was now eying a big-money move to join the reigning African champions.

According to reports from Egypt, the two parties failed to reach an agreement due to Sadomba’s huge financial demands.

Sadomba had been an Ahly target for quite some time and the record African champions were hoping to finally land the Zimbabwean’s signature.

The Red Devils’ coach Hossam Al-Badri intended to bring Sadomba to the club to bolster an already impressive attack that also includes Emad Moteab and rising Egyptian star Geddo.

Ahly became aware of Sadomba’s talents due to his impressive scoring record for the Sudanese giants in African continental club competitions.

The former Harare United and Dynamos attacker is now the leading Hilal Omdurman top goal scorer in Caf competitions with 23 goals to his name.

Sadomba joined the Sudanese club in 2009 after a stint with Mozambican side Liga Muculmana, whom he had joined from South African club Bidvest Wits.

Since joining Hilal Omdurman, the Mbare-bred forward has been a household name in the Sudanese league and African continental club competitions.

Last year, Sadomba finished as the joint top scorer in the African Confederation with five goals Cup tied with Ismaila Diarra of CO Bamako and AFC Leopards Guelord Bhebey-Ndey.

Sadomba’s efforts have also seen him being nominated by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) for the African Player of the Year (Based in Africa) award in the last two years.

Sadomba has been on the radar of a lot of African clubs and news that Ahly have pulled out of the race to sign him might open the door to other clubs.

The Red Devils’ bitter city rivals, Zamalek, had in the past also shown their desire to sign the Zimbabwean.

The White Kings’ interest might just be reignited in the wake of the latest developments.

Another team that has been heavily linked with the Zimbabwean in the past has been Hilal Omdurman rivals in the Sudanese league, Al-Merreikh.

A return to the Super Diski in South Africa has also been mentioned as Orlando Pirates have shown their interest in the former Dynamos talisman.

Sadomba has also been linked with a number of sides in the Gulf. A number of African stars have joined the great trek to the UAE in recent times reportedly being lured by the oil money.

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