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‘He was horrendous’ – Exclusive: Chris Kirkland tells hilarious tale of when Wigan Athletic signed Amr Zaki

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Amr Zaki is a player who Wigan Athletic supporters haven’t heard about for a while.

Well it seems that the Egyptian striker unassuming profile is something which has been in place since he walked through the door of the DW Stadium.

The Latics signed Zaki in the summer of 2008 as they looked to kick on in the Premier League under Steve Bruce.

The striker was renowned as ‘the world’s best striker’ according to FIFA, and enjoyed a decent season with Wigan after scoring 11 goals in 32 appearances for the club.

But despite impressing on the pitch, Kirkland has revealed that Zaki didn’t exactly make a good first impression on his Wigan teammates.

Speaking exclusively to Football League World, Kirkland said: “We had Amr Zaki when Steve Bruce signed him for Wigan. He was a nightmare.

“He’d go away with Egypt and come back like six days late, but Brucey knew that he could get the best out of him.

“Once when we played against Liverpool he scored two goals and an overhead kick as we beat them 3-2, but this is what we had.

“After he arrived in Amr Zaki’s first session we were all looking at each other and thinking ‘has this lad just walked off the park?’ – like walking his dog and joining the session.

“He was horrendous.

“He couldn’t hit anything and we were looking at Brucey going ‘I think you might have got this one wrong, Steve’ but he was outstanding after that.”


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Article title: ‘He was horrendous’ – Exclusive: Chris Kirkland tells hilarious tale of when Wigan Athletic signed Amr Zaki

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