Marouf Youssef – Courtesy of Zamalek official website
CAIRO – 14 March 2018: Osama Farahat, agent of Zamalek’s Nigerian midfielder Marouf Youssef, said that the latter asked him to seriously seek and inquire about how to get Egyptian nationality during the coming period due to his desire to settle in Egypt and possibly participate with the national team in the next matches.
He did not participate in any match with Nigeria, where he had previously joined one of the camps after his brilliant performance with the White Castles, but he did not participate in any official match and therefore is entitled to play for any other team if he got its citizenship.
Youssef was called for the Nigerian national team for the first time in June 2017 for a game against South Africa on June 10, 2017, but he was benched the entire match.
Farahat said in a statement to Youm7 that Youssef insisted on obtaining Egyptian citizenship and dealing with it very seriously, even if it required the help of some important figures to do so, stressing that his thinking stems from his love for Egypt, where he has spent most of his life.
Youssef’s agent added that he would begin to inquire about the procedures for obtaining Egyptian citizenship in the coming days.
Marouf started his football career with Nigerian club Enyemba. In the 2010/2011 season, he joined Egyptian club Ittihad Al-Shorta, where he presented himself well to the Egyptian fans. A performance induced Zamalek President Mortada Mansour to sign the Nigerian midfielder in 2014.
Marouf has played 184 games with Egyptian clubs, scoring 13 goals and providing 16 assists.