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Omar Gaber: Basel fans’ singing reminds me of Egypt

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Posted on May 11, 2016

Omar Gaberr

Egypt international Omar Gaber spoke to ’s official channel about his first impressions on his new club and his hopes for the new season. 

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 , 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.”

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, 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.

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