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Last Updated:  Thursday, 13 March, 2003, 16:32 GMT
Mido move scuppered
Ahmed 'Mido' Hossam
Mido is out of top-level football
Fifa has ruled out the transfer of Egypt's rebellious striker Ahmed 'Mido' Hossam to Spanish club Celta Vigo from his Dutch club Ajax.

Mido had been due to move to La Liga on loan until the end of the season, but he will now have to return to Amsterdam because the move fell outside the transfer window.

It means Mido will return to the bench to which he has been relegated this season.

"We do not think that Mido will ever have the chance to rejoin Ajax's first team again this season," Jacob Bergsam, the club's official spokesman told BBC Sport.

Despite being the top striker at Ajax, he will be denied first team football until at least the new season in six months time.

Ajax are looking for a place in the Uefa Champions League quarter-finals, but Mido will play no part in their efforts - one of his biggest regrets.

The player has fallen out with Ajax coach Ronald Koeman, who says he is not pulling his weight and regularly disobeys team orders.

He was given a reprieve and allowed back into the first team, but was disciplined again after another incident.

Mido has been monitored by a number of Europe's top clubs who have expressed a interest to sign him, but he is stuck at Ajax until the transfer window opens again.

The club is remaining tight-lipped about what is in store for Mido.

"We do not make any statements concerning the future of our players before the end of the season," Bergsam said.

Mido moves to Celta Vigo
09 Mar 03 |  African
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05 Mar 03 |  African
Mido banished for the season
28 Feb 03 |  African

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