The Egyptian FA (EFA) have stalled former Tottenham Hotspur forward Souleymane Coulibaly's proposed move to Scottish Premiership side Partick Thistle.
This after the EFA refused to grant an International Transfer Certificate (ITC), reportedly after Coulibaly's surprise departure from Al Ahly last year.
According to Patrick Thistle, the Egyptian governing body took 14 days to reject the request despite being obliged to respond within seven.
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Coulibaly, 23, joined the Egyptian giants from Kilmarnock in January 2017, but left the eight-time Caf Champions League winners a mere four months later.
"Souleymane is understandably once again frustrated by the whole process," said a Partick Thistle statement.
"Both the club and the Scottish FA have compiled submissions to back Souleymane's case against the refusal.
"The current contractual provision in place means the club is not required to make any financial outlay to Souleymane until his registration is approved.
"The club remains hopeful that a positive outcome will be achieved and will continue to update supporters on the process as and when there is any progression."