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Egypt coach Gharib confirms interest in Ismael Blanco

Posted on March 11, 2014

Ismael Blanco - Lanus

Egypt coach has confirmed his staff are interested in calling up Argentine-Egyptian striker to the national team.

Coach Shawky Gharib, who led the Egyptian national team to a 2-0 win on his debut against Bosnia last week, has stated his interest in getting 31-year-old CA Lanús striker Ismael Blanco to play for the Pharaohs.

“We’ve made calls with the boy (Blanco), and he wants to play for Egypt,” said Gharib in an interview with TV sports host Ahmed Shobeir.

Gharib also said that he’d been following Blanco for quite some time, and stated his admiration for the Argentine-born striker: “I’ve watched him, he plays in the Argentinian league and he played in Athens and the Bundesliga. He’s simply a goalscorer.”

“I asked Samir Adly if he (Blanco) could play if I call him up, he said that we’d need to get his paperwork. So he plays under the Egyptian nationality,” he added.

When asked whether or not more Pharaohs Abroad will feature in his squad in the coming stages, Shawky Gharib stated: “Anyone who would be beneficial for the Egyptian national team, will have a role in our road ahead.”

It’s worth mentioning that Blanco led Lanús to a Copa Sudamericana triumph back in December, being named MOTM.


  1. Big Ern McCracken

    March 11, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Nothing against this guy, but what is his connection to egypt? Plus he’s 31, I think we should focus on the young strikers we have instead

    • Release the Kraken

      March 12, 2014 at 12:36 AM

      I believe one of his parents is Egyptian

  2. gogi

    March 12, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Of course he deserves a chance to show his qualities in the national team but I also think players like Koka and Kahraba are far better than him. He couldn’t even prevail at 1860 Munich in the second German league.

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