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Egypt’s El-Abd praised for “perfect” attitude by Brighton coach
Adam El-Abd, Brighton’s longest-serving player, was hailed by the Seagulls’ head coach as a role model for the youngsters, according to The Argus.
29-year-old El-Abd was a regular under Gus Poyet, who has recently been appointed as Sunderland’s new manager, but the Egyptian defender has yet to play for the Albion in the Championship since the Uruguayan’s departure.
Centre-halves Gordon Greer and Matt Upson have been in good form this season, leading to El-Abd’s inactivity which has contributed to him losing his place in the Egypt squad.
El-Abd was left out of the Pharaohs final squad for the first leg of the World Cup qualifying play-off against Ghana, and their Brazil 2014 hopes are now all but over after losing 6-1 in Kumasi.
Brighton head coach Oscar Garcia told The Argus: “He is training very well. I was sad when he didn’t go to play with Egypt because he wanted to have the opportunity to play in the World Cup. It will be difficult because they lost 6-1 but he is the kind of player that is an example to all the young players here.
“He is a professional, he knows the situation. Obviously he wants to play but his attitude is perfect.
“He knows better than other players that it’s a long season. He had this situation also last season but he will have the opportunity to play because he is training well and we have a lot of games to play.”
El-Abd made his only competitive appearance for the Pharaohs in their 4-2 win against Guinea, where he opened the scoring, with an own goal.