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Last Updated:  Sunday, 9 March, 2003, 12:31 GMT
Mido moves to Celta Vigo
Amr Shaheen
BBC Sport in Cairo

Ahmed 'Mido' Hossam
Mido was dropped to Ajax reserves

Egyptian striker Ahmed 'Mido' Hossam is to go on loan in Spain after a complete breakdown in his relationship with Ajax Amsterdam coach Ronald Koeman.

The Dutch club said the 20-year-old will be loaned to Celta Vigo until the end of the season.

The news was confirmed by the coach of Egypt's National team, Mohsen Saleh, who has paid close attention to Mido's problems at Ajax.

Despite being the Dutch clubs top striker, Mido has spent much of the season in the reserve team after a series of disputes with Koeman.

Saleh told reporters in Egypt that Mido would be signing a contract in Spain on Sunday and would play his first match against Atletico Madrid next weekend.

The Egyptian coach is keen for Mido to begin playing again as soon as possible as the Pharaohs have an important Nations Cup qualifier at the end of Match and the striker will have to be at his best.

Mido, who has been nominated as African Player of the Year 2002, has previously said he wanted to move to La Liga.

The team he was linked with was Barcelona, who expressed their interest in signing the Young Pharaoh earlier in the year.

His move to Celta Vigo gives the Spanish giants an even better chance to take a good look at him.

Mido will join South Africa's Benni Macarthy in the front line at Celta.

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