Gamal explains Wits departure

Wits coach Gavin Hunt on Monday confirmed that Gamal had left the club after cutting short his season-long loan move from Al Ahly.

The 26-year-old had high hopes of making his mark as he became the first Egyptian to ply his trade in the Premier Soccer League.

However, following a promising start with the Clever Boys, helping them to the Telkom Knockout title, he fell out of favour with Hunt citing adaptation and understanding the main cause thereof.

Gamal has since confirmed he struggled to settle in at Sturrock Park, with pressure to make the Pharoahs' World Cup squad perhaps getting to him.

"It was a good experience in South Africa and I hope to come back again. There were certain things I couldn't adapt to, and that prevented me from continuing," Gamal tells

"It was a big change in mentality and culture, but I have taken some lessons out of it. Everyone treated me professionally and there was no problems.

"I had major pressure to make the Egypt national team for the World Cup and this affected me, but it was good and I have no hard feeings against the players, nor the coach [Hunt]."

Meanwhile, with the Finnish transfer window set to close only on April 10, Gamal has also confirmed a short-term loan move to HJK, where he is hoping to feature in their UEFA Champions League campaign.

"I'm going to HJK Helsinki, the champions in Finland, who willl also play in the [UEFA] CHampions League. It's a loan deal until the end of July," he confirms.

"Hopefully I can gain experience in the Champions League. After that I will go back to Al Ahly, and if I get a good offer from Europe then we will see if Al Ahly don't have a problem [to let me go]."

HJK will enter the Champions League in the first qualifying round, before having to make it through three more rounds if they are to reach the competiton group stages.