By Amr Shaheen
BBC Sport, Cairo
Mido (right) is now with Celta Vigo
Fifa's players' status committee ruled that Egyptian club Zamalek deserves $1.2m for its role in developing Ahmed 'Mido' Hossam.
Mido moved to Europe at the age of 17 on a free transfer and signed for Belgian club KAA Gent.
Gent - Mido's first club in Europe - was given a two-month period within which to pay Zamalek the specified amount.
Failure to meet the deadline will result in the club's suspension from all football activities.
Mido, currently on loan with Spanish club Celta Vigo, was sold after only one year in Belgium.
Ajax paid Gent a transfer fee of $4m for his services.
The Mido case could open a stream of demands from other African clubs.
Many have complained of European clubs poaching their players without fair and adequate compensation.
Zamalek officials have also confirmed that they have reached an agreement with Brazilian coach Carlos Capral to remain with the club.
Capral, who led Zamalek to the African Champions' League title last year, will receive a sign-on fee of $100,000 and a monthly salary of $16,000.