The former Bray Wanderers striker has admitted that he may leave the Iranian Premier League when his contract with Aluminium Hormozgan expires
Zayed had successful spells with Bray Wanderers, Drogheda United, Sporting Fingal, and Derry City before moving to Iran to join Persepolis in 2011. The Libyan international became an immediate fan favourite at Persepolis after scoring a hat-trick for the Tehranian club in the Asian Champions League, before moving to Hormozgan in January.
However, Zayed feels that his time in Iran may be coming to an end due to problems with wage payments. "I have played in Iran for a year and a half, but I’m not sure whether I will come back," Zayed told Newstalk. "In Iran, there are constant problems.
"Living in Iran is fantastic because their people are very kind and lovely, but playing football in IPL is difficult. Economic sanctions against Iran affect all foreign players including me. We get paid in dollars. This issue causes problem for clubs which have foreign players.
"I have problems with Aluminium Hormozgan about my wage and it's difficult to pass up the opportunity to return to my family at home."
He added: "When it came to the end of the season, I was due a sum of money and I had to negotiate it. The contracts mean nothing in Iran. If you get 60-70 per cent of your contract, that is great. They make up their own rules.
"When I went in, the club said they'd pay me under a third of it. When I disagreed they threatened to keep my passport. I had to sign the contract just to get out of there. That's a problem that you face.
"It would put me off going back again," he said.