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Banin bound for Bnei Yehuda

Published: Saturday 15 November 2003, 10.21CET
Former Israel captain Tal Banin will join Premier League pacesetters Bnei Yehuda Tel-Aviv FC.

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Published: Saturday 15 November 2003, 10.21CET

Banin bound for Bnei Yehuda

Former Israel captain Tal Banin will join Premier League pacesetters Bnei Yehuda Tel-Aviv FC.
Former Israel captain Tal Banin has joined Premier League pacesetters Bnei Yehuda Tel-Aviv FC for the rest of the season.

Waiting for approval
The 32-year-old midfield player had been without a club since being released from his contract at Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC in August, but confirmed to uefa.com on Friday that he would be signing for Bnei Yehuda. "I can confirm that I agreed to join Bnei Yehuda until the end of the season," he said. "Hopefully the deal will receive the final approval of the Israel Football Association's budget control authority."

'Best in Israel'
Bnei Yehuda, who lead the league alongside FC Ashdod, unveiled Banin before Saturday's 1-1 draw with Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC. "We have just signed the best combative midfield player in Israel," Bnei Yehuda president Yuval Gafni said. "Banin is a massive addition to our squad."

Keeping fit
Banin was released by defending champions M. Tel-Aviv despite having two years left on his contract. He has since been training with Maccabi Netanya FC to stay fit.

Last updated: 17/11/03 10.52CET

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