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Mido: I didn’t see the Abd-Rabo incident
The Dervishes’ victory against El-Falaheen helped them climb to third place in the table with 13 points from six games; however, one of the major talking points was Abd-Rabo’s conduct following his substitution in the 61st minute, refusing to sit on the bench with the substitutes.
“I didn’t see what Hosni Abd-Rabo did as I was more focused on the game,” the ex-Roma striker told TEN. “I think it is completely normal for a player to be angry when he’s taken off.
“Abd-Rabo is a club legend. However, as a manager I tend to focus on the pitch and the team, and his substitution [leaving the field for Mahmoud Abdelaziz] was an aim to protect our midfield.”
Mido concluded his words by emphasising the importance of Tuesday night’s victory, as well as speaking about new signing Shikabala: “Such a big win is important to the team, especially after the long break, which definitely affected us.
“Just like the entire team, Shikabala was affected by the break, he’d reached about 65 % of his form before the league was halted [due to international football and the U23 African Cup of Nations]. All in all, the victory today is what matters.”