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Mido: Shehata is one of the best managers in Africa
Ismaily manager Ahmed Hossam ‘Mido’ asserted his respect for Arab Contractors manager Hassan Shehata, denying that his infamous touchline altercation with Shehata is still an issue.
Ismaily played against Contractors in the second round of the Egyptian Premier League in the first clash between the former Zamalek players Mido and Shehata as head coaches.
“Shehata is like my father, and we belong to the same club and we should put our conflicts aside, if they existed in the first place,” Mido said.
Back in the 2006 African Cup of Nations, Mido and Shehata were involved in a touchline row after the former Zamalek striker was substituted by Shehata during the semi-final against Senegal.
“We learned in Zamalek to respect our elders and what happened in the past is over,” Mido said.
“I was aiming to win the game and I used all the tools I had against a well-organised team and one of the best managers in Egypt and Africa,” he added.
Hassan Shehata, however, was surprised by the reason behind the media bringing up the issue again, saying that it ended a long time ago.
“The situation was over back in 2006. Mido was on the pitch and he received his medal. Media blew this out of proportion, why was the situation brought up again recently? Why was the pictures shared again?” he exclaimed.
The experienced manager then commented on his objectives and tactics during his team’s goalless draw with the Dervishes.
“It was important not to lose again and prevent us from getting into a trail of defeats, our goal is always to win, I didn’t put a reward for draws,” he said.
“The reason we retreated at the end of the game is the players’ urge to not lose, also exhaustion dominated multiple players,” the former Egyptian national team manager added.
Young manager Mido also shared his thoughts on how the game went, saying that Arab Contractors have great players on both flanks, while a couple of Ismaily players did not reach their form yet.
“I was disappointed by the numerous mis-passes in the first half, however, in the second half we amended this particular point,” the ex-Tottenham player said.
Finally, the 32-year-old Ismaily manger praised his ex-Egypt international teammate and Ismaily midfielder Hosni Abd-Rabo.
“I am happy with Hosni Abd-Rabo’s performance, he’s an excellent leader and we are constantly aiming to help him reach his best form,” Mido concluded.