Nigerian winger, Junior Ajayi, has signed a contract extension with Egyptian giants Al Ahly until 2022, the player’s agent has announced on Monday.
The 23-year-old has been an indispensable part of Al Ahly squad since his arrival from Tunisian side CS Sfaxien in the summer of 2016.R
Ajayi has made 81 appearances for Al Ahly, scoring 24 goals while assisting 19, making him one of the most successful foreign players in the club’s history.
He was forced to miss the first-half of the 2018/2019 season due to a serious injury he picked at the end of last season, however, he has excelled following his return, scoring three goals in eight appearances.
Ajayi’s existing contract was due to expire at the end of the next season, but he has agreed to remain at the club, signing a deal until July 2022.
He becomes the fourth Al Ahly player to sign a new contract in the past period after Ali Maaloul,Karim Nedved and Amr El Sulya.
Ajayi has helped the Cairo giants to two league titles in 2017 and 2018, a Super Cup in 2018 and reaching the final of the African Champions League twice in 2017 and 2018.
He has established himself as a key figure in Ahly’s squad as he scored a tally of 24 goals and made 19 assists in 81 games in all competitions.
The natural winger has been often deployed in a more central role to make up for the striker injury blow at Ahly.
He has himself returned from a lengthy injury that kept him away since August until December to score 3 goals in 8 appearances so far.
Ajayi is one of four foreign players in Ahly’s squad this season alongside with Moroccan forward Walid Azaro, Tunisian left back Ali Maaloul and Angolan winger Geraldo.
Ajayi’s contract was set to expire in summer 2020 but he has committed his future to two more years.
Al Ahly are currently third in the Egyptian Premier League with 42 points, but have three games in hand, with the first coming against El-Dakhelya on Tuesday.
They are also top of group D in the CAF Champions League with seven points, and their next encounter will be against DR Congo’s AS Vita Club away from home on March 9.