Egypt took Africa’s top spot for foreign football player transfers during 2019, spending a total of $33.7m of the $40.8m total transfers across Africa, according to FIFA’s annual worldwide player transfers report.
In 2018, the total amount spent by Egyptian clubs to sign players from abroad was $35.2m, compared to the $20.5m that was gained from exporting players.
The 2018/2019 season was unprecedented for Egypt in terms of spending, after Turki Al Sheikh, head of Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Entertainment (GEA), invested $5m in Pyramids FC.
Al-Sheikh pumped €52.22m into the club, according to the Transfermarkt website, and sold players worth €11.02m. In the previous year, Pyramids FC, previously Al Assiouty, spent only €38,000 and sold players for €755,000.
According to Transfermarkt, Egyptian clubs bought players worth €68.9m and sold players for €37.8m in the 2018/2019 season. The value fell in 2019/2020 to €13.6m on buying players and €4.6m on selling others.
The Egyptian football scene lacks an obvious pattern in terms of expenditures on players, with Al Ahly SC spending €9.45m to sign players in the 2018/2019 after spending only €5.45m in the previous season, and selling players for €8m.
Zamalek, meanwhile, spent €6.08m to include players whilst making €2.38m through player sales. In the following year, the club made profits after selling players for a total cost of €5.88m and bought players for €4.69m.
Misr Lel Makkasa SC was the most consistent, where it spent €350,000 on signing new players in the 2018/2019 season, against €1.25m in sales. In the following season, it sold players for a total of €6.28m, making profits after spending only €775,000 on new signings.