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INTERVIEW: Wolfsburg’s German-Pharaoh, Rhami-Jasin Ghandour
Rhami-Jasin Ghandour is an 18-year-old German-Egyptian footballer who currently plays for Wolfsburg’s U-19 side. Born in Berlin to a German mother and an Egyptian father, Jasin has been one of the main players in the Germany national team youth setup, but has previously expressed his desire to represent his father’s nation, Egypt.
Jasin was called up to the U-20 Egyptian national team which took part in the 2013 African Youth Championship held in Algeria, but paperwork issues led to his exclusion from Rabie Yassin’s squad. He hasn’t returned to the Pharaohs’ ranks ever since.
KingFut.com sits down with the German-Pharaoh to learn more about his current and future career aspirations…
Firstly, tell our readers who Rhami-Jasin Ghandour is?
I’m Rhami, 18, my father is Egyptian, and had played football for Zamalek before. My mother is Deutsch, but passed away when I was a child. Till now I still love her a lot, she’s always in my head.
How’s life with Wolfsburg?
Everything is okay, they love me a lot, and in every second I thank God for this gift. Really, Wolfsburg is a wonderful gift from God!
You’ve played for various age groups in Germany’s youth national team, what are your future international ambitions?
I love Egypt a lot, Germany too, but if the Egyptian football association needs me, I will be able to play there. Anyway, being an Egyptian player is something precious, but there are difficulties in the papers with the Egyptian government. Hopefully we’ll solve it as soon as possible.
Do you have any offers from other clubs?
Yes, I have three offers right now, but currently I want to make a big name for myself in Wolfsburg, but in the future I want be a part of Real Madrid’s first team.
What is the thing that drew your attention the most in Egyptian football?
A thing that surprised me was that some of the coaching staff were smoking on the football field during practice, a thing I’ve never seen in Germany.
Being an German-Muslim, have you faced any discrimination or racism in Germany?
No, in Germany the society is a sophisticated society.
Who’s your favourite Egyptian player?
Hossam Hassan, I have a lot of his t-shirts.
What ruined your opportunity to participate with the Egyptian youth team at the 2013 African Youth Championship and U-20 World Cup?
The national team manager Rabie Yassin destroyed my opportunity. After he convinced me that there was no problem with my paperwork, and I got a call up from the German [youth] national team, so both opportunities were ruined.
After seeing Mario Gotze scoring the winner in the 2014 World Cup final for Germany at the young age of 23, did the thought of ditching the Egyptian national team completely and joining Germany cross your mind?
It’s an honour to play for the German national team and I’d definitely consider playing for them if I get a call up, however, I won’t mind to play for the Egyptian national team if the problem of my paperwork was solved.
KingFut.com would like to thank Rhami-Jasin Ghandour for his time and wishes him all the best in his future endeavours.