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Player Profile: Mahmoud Abdel-Moneim | Kahraba
Designed by Mohaned Ghanem
Name: Mahmoud ‘Kahraba’ Abdel-Moneim
Date of Birth: April 13, 1994
Height: 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Current Club: FC Luzern
Previous Club(s): ENPPI
Position: Attacking Midfielder, Second Striker
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Mahmoud Abdel-Moneim, or “Kahraba” (Electricity) as he was nicknamed by former Al-Ahly youth coach Badr Ragab, due to the apparent energy he brings to the pitch, which usually rubs off on his team-mates. At the age of 15, Kahraba was part of Ahly’s 1994-born team where he scored 36 goals in 20 appearances and formed a deadly duo with Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ Hassan before leaving for Engineering for the Petroleum and Process Industries (ENPPI) Club, after the Red Devils’ youth team was dissolved.
Kahraba made his first team debut for ENPPI against Wadi Degla on December 18, 2011, but hasn’t been a regular starter due to the competition upfront from the likes of Egypt international Ahmed Raouf and Ivorian Die Foneye. His only goal so far for ENPPI was against Telephonat Beni Suef during the 2012/2013 Egyptian Premier League season, after coming off the bench to score in the 80th minute to earn the three points for the Petroleum side. He transferred to FC Luzern where he impressed in the Swiss League, scoring 7 goals in 16 matches having the best average goals per game in the team and beoming the second top scorer also. Unfortunately, his contract was terminated for disciplinary reasons.
The attacking midfielder was an influential part of Rabie Yassin’s squad and was one of the best, if not the best, performers at the 2013 African Youth Championship in Algeria with 3 goals and 2 assists, earning him a place in the CAF Best XI along with compatriots Mossad Awad, Ahmed Samir, Rami Rabia and MVP Saleh Gomaa. He was a perfect match for Rabie Yassin’s counter attacking structure, utilizing space with his speed to catch defenders on the back foot. His performances and constant goal threat gave Egypt the edge at tournament, and he is expected to continue electrifying defenses soon with Egypt’s senior side.
Style of Play:
Mahmoud Kahraba is more of a shadow striker than a centre-forward, and he is capable of playing on both wings or as a part of a strike duo upfront. His playing style can be basically derived from his name, electric. Kahraba combines rapid pace with ball control that appears almost electrically charged at times, although, he is often quite selfish.
- Profile last updated on March 29, 2014
- Ball control.
- Skills and footwork.
- Decision making.
|ENPPI||Egyptian Premier League||16||1||0||681|
|Egypt U-17||U-17 African Championship||3||1||0||207|
|Egypt U-20||U-20 African Championship||5||3||2||325|
|U-20 World Cup||3||1||0||225|
|FC Luzern||Raiffeisen Super League||16||7||0||898|
|World Cup Qualifiers||2||0||0||84|