Former Bidvest Wits striker Amr Gamal has been shipped out to fulfil military service after Al Ahly's lavish R96 million off-season transfer outlay.
Gamal, 28, arrived in South Africa with a burgeoning reputation in 2017 upon accepting a loan deal with The Clever Boys.
As a senior international with Egypt with extensive CAF Champions League experience, Gamal took to South African football gracefully.
He netted three goals and registered an assist in four games as Wits lifted the Telkom Knock Out title and netted two in his first two Absa Premiership starts.
However, he failed to find the back of the net again in the league, fell out of favour - and somehow his season ended with a loan spell in the Veikkausliiga with HJK Helsinki.
While he lifted the league title with the Finnish giants, his return to the Egyptian Premier League champions coincided with their 108 million Egyptian Pound (R96m) investment at the back of their record R130m spend the season before.
Aliou Dieng from MC Alger, Mohamed Magdy from Pyramids, a renewed Ramadan Sobhi loan from Huddersfield and Ismaily defender Mahmoud Metwally all arrived - as The Red Devils bolstered their squad for the 2019/20 CAF Champions League campaign.
Tunisia move falls through due to military service
While it was reported that African giants CS Sfaxien had signed the out-of-favour striker on a one-year loan deal, it's now been claimed that the move failed to materialise due to his military obligations.
According to KingFut, Ahly’s transfer market advisor Adly El-Keiy confirmed the player has now joined military-based side Tala’a El-Geish on a two-year loan, where he will look to complete his service before continuing his career elsewhere.