Former Egypt striker Mohamed Zidan sentenced to six years in prison

The former Borussia Dortmund player has been convicted in Egypt of issuing bad cheques to a real estate firm

A court in Egypt has sentenced former international Mohamed Zidan to six years in prison after he was convicted of issuing three bad cheques to a real estate company operating in the country.

Arab Company for Projects and Urban Development filed the suit against the former Mainz, Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund striker, who was handed the sentence in absentia on Wednesday.

Zidan, who was instrumental to Egypt’s Africa Cup of Nations triumphs in 2008 and 2010, has been without a club since leaving Baniyas in the United Arab Emirates last January. He has been working as a television consultant for Al-Jazeera Sports.

He was dropped from the national team due to disciplinary problems and accusations of feigning injury.