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EXCLUSIVE: Young European-flavoured Pharaohs set for Egypt U-20 calls
Paris Saint-Germain’s Abdallah Yaisien, PSV’s Alexander Jakobsen, Hoffenheim’s Rhami-Jasin Ghandour, Utrecht’s Faris Afifi and striker Hamid Yasin, playing for Metalurg Donetsk in Ukraine, are expected to shortly receive call-ups from the Egypt U-20 National Team.
Ironically, just two weeks ago in an interview with KingFut, France born Egyptian-Algerian Abdallah Yaisien said, “France is the only country that has called to me so far for youth teams.”
The playmaker continued, “I love Egypt, and yes, it really is a dream for me to play for my father’s country (Egypt) later.”
The EFA’s hunt for ‘Denmark’s Ronaldinho’, Alexander Jakobsen, began approximately two months prior, with Alex’s father, a former Al Ahly player, agreeing to allow the Copenhagen-born midfielder represent Egypt’s U-20 National Team shortly after.
Another name who would be a much welcomed addition to the Young Pharaohs is 16-year-old Hoffenheim centre-back, Rhami-Jasin Ghandour – who’s currently a regular with Germany’s U-17 National Team.
Egypt U-20 coach Rabie Yassin has already brought forth the request to the EFA to call up these three promising Pharaohs, along with Netherlands-based Faris Afifi and Ukraine-based Hamid Yasin for upcoming friendlies ahead of the 2013 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations in Algeria.
Father of Rhami-Jasin, Amgad Ghandour, told KingFut‘s Ziad Ibrahim, “We’ll have to wait till they (EFA) send a fax and we’ll see what will be the German FA’s reaction.”
Egyptian football agent Islam Issa, a friend of Rabie Yassin, confirmed to KF, “I can assure you, that Rabie Yassin will call up almost every (European-based) U-20 of Egyptian origin you can think of.”
“He’s adamant about (Abdallah) Yaisien and Alex (Jakobsen),” he continued.
Abdallah Yaisien and Alex Jakobsen have both featured in this year’s NextGen Series. Abdallah scored from the spot midweek – after creating the chance which led to the penalty – in PSG’s 2-0 win over Fenerbahçe, while Alex couldn’t help Phillip Cocu’s PSV turn their fortunes around on Wednesday after coming on as a 2nd-half substitute in their 2-0 loss to Aston Villa.
Another European-based Pharaoh, who’s already with the Egypt U-20 National Team, is Al-Ahly fugitive Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’; soon expected to make his professional debut with Rio Ave in Portugal.
Watch Abdallah Yaisien’s goal in the NextGen Series this week below: