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Analysis: Reignited Kahraba wired to light up Jeddah
KingFut Editor Seif Soliman takes a look at Mahmoud Abdel-Moneim ‘Kahraba’s career in numbers before the Zamalek and Egypt winger makes his move to play in Saudi Arabia with Ittihad FC.
The 22-year-old Egyptian is considered one of the most skilled players in the Egyptian Premier League, and has impressed Zamalek fans this season with his performances in the league and the CAF Champions League.
The highly-rated winger has joined Ittihad Jeddah from Zamalek on a season-long loan, and his new side’s fans will hope he is the one to help them reclaim the league title, which they haven’t won since 2009.
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Mahmoud Abdel-Moneim ‘Kahraba’ started his career at Al Ahly’s youth team, where he scored 36 goals in 20 appearances and formed a deadly duo with current Anderlecht midfielder Mahmoud Trezeguet, but he left to join Egyptian Premier League side ENPPI after the youth team was dissolved in 2011.
Kahraba’s performances with Egyptian youth teams have attracted attention from a number of European clubs, including German side FC Schalke, FC Luzern and Hull City, with the latter offering him a trial, after Hull’s manager Steve Bruce confirmed interest in signing him.
Despite receiving a trial offer, the youngster couldn’t join up with the Tigers due to work permit issues and joined FC Luzern on loan instead, where he scored 7 goals in 19 games; becoming the team’s second top goal scorer. Unfortunately, the club terminated his loan spell due to disciplinary reasons and the player returned to his club, before joining Grasshopper on loan, but failed to impress as he scored only twice in 17 games.
Return to Egypt:
He returned early to ENPPI in January 2015 helping them finishing fourth in the League after scoring 6 goals and providing 2 assists to attract attention from the 2014/15 Egyptian Premier League champions Zamalek, who signed him for a reported 6.5 million EGP deal.
With the Whites, he was one of the reasons behind his side reaching the semi-finals of the Confederation Cup, after scoring 4 goals in only 5 games, but couldn’t help his side reaching the final as the Egyptian side lost against Étoile du Sahel 5-4 on aggregate and were knocked out of the competition.
The youngster also led his side to finish second in the Egyptian Premier League during his debut season, as he directly contributed in 33% of Zamalek’s league goals, scoring 11 and providing 5 assists in 29 games, ending the campaign as the Whites’ top league goal scorer.
His club suffered when he was injured or suspended, as they won only 5 points from possible 15 without the attacking midfielder, showing that he is a crucial player for them and how that he can make difference with any team.
Style of Play:
Kahraba mainly plays as a left-winger for Zamalek and sometimes occupies the right-hand side of the pitch, and he is capable of playing as a false 9 or second striker.
He is rapid with an excellent touch on the ball and great dribbling skills which helps him beat the defenders so easily. He can score and assist as well, as he has scored 13 goals – Zamalek’s top scorer in all competitions – and made six assists, leading his side to finishing second in the league.
The 22-year-old is a versatile player so he could play anywhere in Ittihad’s attacking line, which can benefit Victor Pițurcă every time he wants to changes his formation as he is able to play in any role he’s given.
Despite his young age, Kahraba has featured for the Egyptian national team 10 times, scoring once against Chad in the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers. He was also part of the team that beat led Egypt to the final round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, starting in the two legs against Chad, which Egypt won 5-1 on aggregate.
Kahraba has also featured for all the Egypt youth teams, playing 39 games and scored 18 goals but his major achievement is guiding his nation to win the 2013 African U-20 Championship in Algeria, scoring three goals at the tournament, before scoring Egypt’s only goal against Chile at the U-20 World Cup in Turkey.
Mahmoud Kahraba might be quite the selfish player at times, but he would definitely be an ideal signing for Ittihad Jeddah as he has the pace and excellent dribbling skills that can make him control the game and lead the team’s front line and if they used him probably in the right position with the right tactics they will have a special player on their hands.