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Egypt-eligible Yousef Mahdy ‘excited’ with first Ireland U-18 cap
Irish-Egyptian striker Yousef Mahdy ‘Yoyo’, who was featured in KingFut.com‘s Hidden Pharaohs series, was called up to the Republic of Ireland under-18 national team for the first time for two friendlies against Wales last week.
The Mervue United AFC player, who’s just 17 years old, made his debut with a domestic-based Ireland side in their first encounter against Wales’ U-18 academy, that ended with his side winning the game 1-0 through a 73rd minute penalty scored through Gareth Doherty.
According to fai.ie, the official website of the Football Association of Ireland, ‘Yoyo’ didn’t need time to impress with his first shot coming in the second minute of the game, narrowly wide of the goal. The young striker went behind Wales’ defence 60 seconds later, trying to round the keeper, only for his shot to go off target.
Again, Mahdy had a great opportunity with the start of the second half only to fail to open the score for his side. Later, ‘Yoyo’ was substituted in the 70th minute of the game with his teammate Shane Hulgraine coming on for him.
KingFut.com‘s Marwan Ibrahim caught up with the Irish-Egyptian striker, and when asked about his feelings of being called up for his debut with Ireland’s U-18 team, Yousef responded:
“It’s a great feeling considering it’s a year above me and I was very excited to start the first game against Wales.”
Born in Saudi Arabia to Egyptian parents, while living his whole life in Dublin, Mahdy remains interested in playing for the Pharaohs in the future.
“It would be a pleasure to be invited for Egypt. I have been involved with the 98s over the summer for a two-day training camp; that went great and hopefully I can get called up again.”
It is worth mentioning that the young striker came on as a substitute in the last 15 minutes against Wales in the second game, which ended in a 1-1 draw.