Damion Lowe, a stalwart in the heart of Jamaica’s defence and the stand-in skipper for their recent pair of friendlies in Saudi Arabia, has signed for Egyptian giants Al-Ittihad.
The son of former Reggae Boyz favourite Onandi Lowe, who had a brief five-game stint with UCL outfit Phoenix Rising FC in the United States, could tackle the Egypt Cup tomorrow (1 December) with his new club.
Lowe arrived in Egypt last Friday, fresh from the troubled tour of Saudi Arabia where he learned he would be released by Phoenix Rising FC along with international colleague Junior Flemmings. The ex-Harbour View FC star made 50 appearances for IK Start and bagged four goals before being released by the Norwegian highfliers in May. Lowe moved to Miami, then joined Reggae Boyz’ Flemmings and Kevon Lambert at Phoenix Rising FC in mid-September.
Clubs were allegedly clamouring for the signature of the 27-year-old – which included interest from sides in Dubai, Greece, Germany, Norway, Qatar, Russia and Turkey – before the shock move to the Egyptian top flight.
Al-Ittihad’s head coach Hossam Hassan Hussein, Egypt’s all-time top scorer with 68 goals, is looking forward to overseeing the first Jamaican player to the north African nation’s league. The Boyz head coach Theodore Whitmore has utilised Lowe well over the past few seasons, which has helped shore up their previous leaky defence.
Lowe released a statement that read: “I’ve been out of a contract for a couple of weeks since leaving Phoenix Rising FC, so it’s a new adventure for me.
“I think I’m the very first Jamaican to play professionally here, so I see this as me opening doors to another market for other Jamaicans to come who may wish to play here.
“We have a semi-final Egyptian Cup game on Tuesday against the Champions Al-Ahly in Cairo, and I’m ready for that challenge.
“I’m looking forward to meeting the team and to start training and getting back to playing well and being on my ‘A game’. I’m excited and very optimistic.”
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