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El-Sayed leads Egypt to victory over Bahrain
Former Zamalek and Egypt’s goalkeeper and current Egypt’s Beach Soccer National Team Goalkeeper Abdel-Wahed El Sayed led Egypt to a 4-2 friendly win over Bahrain.
El-Sayed started the match in goal as Egypt ended the first half leading 1-0.
He was substituted out for the second half which saw Bahrain score twice to take a 2-1.
The second half also saw a lot of criticism from the Egyptian coaching staff as they accused the referee of ending the half 40 second earlier.
Abdel-Wahed El-Sayed was back in Egypt’s goal for the third half of the game.
The Egyptians put in a top-notch performance to comeback into the game scoring early on in the half.
Egypt scored two quick goals to take a 4-2 lead and the referee was once again in the spotlight as they were accused of playing 4 additional minutes.
The match was played as one of two friendly games to take place in Bahrain being registered in the African and Asian federations meaning the results affect the teams worldwide ranking.
Team Doctor, Ayman Farid was in full praise of El-Sayed’s performance after the game.
“El-Sayed found no difficulty adapting to the sport quickly, which is something that isn’t very common. He joined the team a month and a half ago and quickly established himself as the main goalkeeper for the team,” Farid said.
Abdel-Wahed had earlier spoken to KingFut and explained the difficulties he faces.
“Most of the players in the Egyptian League will find difficulty playing beach soccer. Playing under 10cm-12cm of sand is not the same as playing on a grass field.” he had said.
“It is heavier and harder to move and run, and as a goalkeeper you are always tricked because the ball takes different swerves as they shoot on you.” he concluded.
Egypt’s Beach Soccer National Team are currently preparing for the Arab Beach Soccer Championship which takes place in Sharm El-Sheikh in May.
The Egyptian delegation have also met with their Bahriani counterparts to discuss the possibility of having them participate in the tournament.