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Adam El-Abd: Praises Hull’s Egyptian trio, dreaming of Brazil 2014
28-year-old Egypt international Adam El-Abd, who was born in Brighton to an Egyptian father and a British mother, is set to make his competitive debut with the Pharaohs in the upcoming World Cup qualifier against Zimbabwe, after being told the paperwork for his passport is all but done.
Egypt are currently on top of their World Cup qualifying Group but El-Abd missed out on the first two qualifiers due to a delay in passport registration, but the Seagulls’ centre-half now looks set to face Zimbabwe in the Pharaohs’ next World Cup qualifying game on March 22.
The Egypt international told The Argus in a press conference on Saturday: “We have got a qualifier in the next international break. We are away for eight or nine days and I think the passport will take basically three, so I haven’t got it in my hands at the moment.
“But they are telling me all the paperwork is done and it just needs a thumbprint for military exemption and a few papers that need to be signed, then I’ll have it three days later.
“I’m exempt because I’m dual nationality, so that excuses me. It wouldn’t be ideal, I’m not going to lie, to go and do a year in the military at this stage of my career or my life.”
Adam El-Abd has also been impressed with his Egyptian team-mates, especially Hull City’s new Egyptian trio who are beginning to take the Championship by storm.
El-Abd said: “They are my team-mates when we go away. Two of them have signed for Hull, with one (Elmohamady) already being there, and they are doing really well.
“Gedo has come in and scored three in three which is great for him and great for Hull, so fair play to them. Hopefully we will be there with them in the play-offs.
“There are some very good players in that squad, more as well, not just the three you see at Hull.”
Adam, who has impressed many in Egypt since finally making his international debut in May 2012, is dreaming of qualifying to the World Cup in Brazil, he said: “Brazil 2014 is a long, long way ahead and the qualifying campaign is not going to be easy but it would be a dream.”
El-Abd has amassed more than 300 appearances for Brighton since he signed his first professional contract for them in 2003, after being in the youth squad for nearly 10 years.
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