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Omar Gaber: Basel fans’ singing reminds me of Egypt
Gaber attended his new side’s match against FC Thun at St. Jakob-Park on Tuesday after signing a four-year contract with Basel, joining the Swiss champions from Zamalek SC, and he conducted his first interview during half-time.
When asked about his thoughts after watching his new side for the first time, Gaber told FCB-TV: “I really enjoyed the first half, the atmosphere is very good, the fans are great and I am really happy. The first half was good but we lost to one goal, I hope we win in the second half.”
Gaber was then asked about the Basel fans and the half time show at St. Jakob-Park: “The fans are really great, they were singing all the first half, like in Egypt, so it is not a new thing for me but it is really different. I hope to make them proud and happy together with my teammates.”
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When asked if he was looking forward to playing on the field for FC Basel, Gaber replied: “Yes sure, I will fight and do my best to be in the team. The coach just spoke with me about the program, we will start the pre-season on the 15th of June, so I will do my best.”
Gaber was asked if he spoke to any of Basel’s former Egyptian players – Mohamed Salah, Mohamed Elneny or Ahmed Hamoudi – he replied: “Yes they spoke with me and told me some details about the club, the fans and the city. They told me they were happy here, so I hope to do my best here.”
“I will go back to Egypt tomorrow, I have some matches left with Zamalek. I have to focus on these matches to try to be champions like last year. I will go back and train with them; I will do my best to make my fans in Egypt happy because I have been playing at Zamalek since I was five years old. I love Zamalek and I hope they will win the league and the cup again,” Gaber concluded.
FC Basel ended up drawing 1-1 with FC Thun, but the result was irrelevant for Gaber’s new side as they were already crowned Swiss champions for the seventh consecutive season earlier this month.