Basel looks to recruit third Egyptian player

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Egyptian winger Ahmed Refaat may become the third Egyptian to join Football Club Basel, after finishing a one-week trial with the Swiss team, Egypt-based Ahram online reported Friday.

“We look at him, and then we’ll see,” FCB chief scout Ruedi Zbinden was quoted saying by the Swiss paper Aargauer Zeitung.

Refaat, currently playing for the Egyptian Premier League club ENPPI, was important to the Under 20’s national team, according to Ahram.

The U-20’s won their fourth African Championship title last month.

The two Egyptians already playing for Basel are Mohamed Salah and Mohamed El-Neny.

Striker, Salah, proved to be a great addition to the team as he scored five league goals since joining last summer from Egypt’s Arab Contractors.

While midfielder El-Neny, also from Arab Contractors, gained a swift reputation as being a regular first-team player, according to the website.

“Refaat has similarly good attributes as Salah,” Zbinden added.