Hunt backs Gamal

The striker, who has been called up to the Pharoah’s World Cup qualifier against Uganda next month, has joined The Clever Boys on a season-long loan deal from North African giants Al Ahly.

With club boss Jose Ferreira having revealed the complication of trying to land the 26-year-old, Hunt says he took a liking to the player in their CAF Champions League fixtures back in March.

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“This is what I mean when I say the [CAF] Champions League helps us, I saw him play against us twice and I just took a shot in the dark with my CEO [Jose Ferreira] and asked, ‘can we do something [to sign the player]?” revealed Hunt. “We obviously met and spoke, and got the ball rolling from there.”

On what he could bring to the Absa Premiership champions, Hunt feels Gamal is an old-fashioned striker – a good finisher in and around the box – and is confident his move will work out in the limited time they have him for.

“He’s a player that I think can help us, I think he’s an old-fashioned number-nine – I like those types of players,” he added.

“I think he can create goals and score goals, he’s at a good age as well. He’s had a very good upbringing in terms of his development from a club like Al Ahly – he’s been there since he was a young boy.

“Obviously I watched the two games [Wits vs Al Ahly] live and I watched a lot of footage of him to try and lead us towards making the right decision.

“To be fair, to Jose and the club [Wits], they’ve been very good and supportive, and I just hope it works out, and I’m sure it will."

Since arriving from Cairo last week Friday, and sitting in the Bidvest Stadium VIP stand as he watched the team suffer a 1-0 defeat in their league opener against Cape Town City, Gamal has had two training sessions with the team thus far and Hunt believes he is settling in well already.

“We’re very positive with him but it’s going to take time, something we don’t have too much of – and he knows that – but he’s a professional and I’ll give him as much help and support as I can,” Hunt said.

“The team already seems to [accept him], you know. He’s fitting in nicely, he’s only been here a day or two so I’m sure it will go well."