Pitso to sanction first high-profile exit

Pitso Mosimane

Al Ahly head coach Pitso Mosimane is set to sanction the exit of Senegal striker Aliou Badji to open a foreign quota spot for potential new signings.

Badji, 23, arrived with a massive reputation when Ahly forked out €2-million (R36m) to lure him from Austrian Bundesliga side Rapid Wien in January this year.

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But his return of four goals and eight assists in 24 games in all competitions has yet to endear him to the demanding fans of the Red Devils.

The towering striker's style of play which is notably unsuitable for Mosimane's fluid tactical system has also raised question marks surrounding his future.

Now, Ittihad of Alexandria chairman Mohamed Messelhy has confirmed that they have opened talks over the potential move for Badji from the Egyptian Premier League champions.

"We are in contact with Mahmoud El-Khatib [Al Ahly president] and Amir Tawfik [head of transfers] in regards to Badji," he confirmed to MBC Masr TV.

This website understands that Gaston Sirino is one of the players identified to fill a quota spot after agreeing a deal in principle to join the club, but Ahly are still far from meeting Mamelodi Sundowns' valuation for the playmaker.

Badr Banoun's arrival from Raja Casablanca this week has also filled another spot but with Mosimane welcoming his arrival, Badji, Angola forward Geraldo and Nigerian Junior Ajayi are likely to be moved on before next season.

Ali Maaloul currently occupies the 'North African' quota, meaning Banoun and Mali star Aloui Dieng are set to be registered, leaving two spots vacant for foreign off-season signings.

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